Editor’s note. This appeared on the webpage of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI).
Asia-based NGOs hosted a meeting in New Delhi to discuss the impact of efforts to reduce sex selective abortion on access to abortion. The discussion led by Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) and Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) centered not on saving the lives of girls who are identified in the womb and targeted for abortion but rather on “the serious barriers this is creating for women’s right to safe abortion.”
One of the major complaints was the drop in availability of abortion-inducing drugs, despite the fact that a large quantity of the drugs is manufactured in India and China.
The sex selection vs. access to abortion discussion included remarks by
Suchitra Dalvies, which focused on women who seek sex selection abortion
“..when it comes to this issue of sex selection we routinely hold meetings and discussions without bringing in the perspective of the women who are seeking or obtaining sex determination and selection.”
The meeting was “warned” about the effective work of the pro-life organization Voice of the Fetus Nepal and concern was expressed about government sponsored posters which said ‘feticide is a grave sin’ and ‘feticide is a crime’.