Video: Is The Abortion of Millions of Daughters A Free Choice Made By Indian Women?
Is The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s stand against female feticide also a stand against women’s right to abortion? This is a question we’ve been asked many times.
To clarify again! The 50 Million Missing Campaign is PRO-CHOICE!
We support the most FUNDAMENTAL tenet of the Pro-Choice movement, which is to recognize and uphold the INDIVIDUALITY and BODILY INTEGRITY of each woman. Indeed, the pro-choice philosophy recognizes that it is just as “legally and morally indefensible” to force an abortion on a woman as it is to force a pregnancy on her.
We think that it is extremely important to recognize that most of the millions of female fetal abortions that take place in India are forced upon women, often violently. THAT IS WHY WE ARE PRESENTING TO YOU THE VIDEO. These back-to-back, serial abortions are wrecking havoc on women’s bodies and mental well-being, and as a result India today has the highest pregnancy related mortality of women in the world. One woman dies due to pregnancy and abortion related complications in India every 5 mintues!
Female Feticide is a practice that is fundamentally ANTI-CHOICE. It is rooted in a cultural perspective that regards a woman’s body, including her reproduction and her sexuality, as the property of her husband, family, community and religion to control, use, and abuse at will.
The cultural machinery that forces millions of female feticides, is the same one that feels entitled to starve, batter and kill millions of girls in their infancy, to force millions of barely adolescent girls into marriage and pregnancies their bodies are not even prepared for. It is the same machinery that feels entitled to decide who a woman will marry, whether or not she’s willing; that feels entitled to kill women that go against their will; that feels entitled to kill thousands of brides like they are disposable trash; that feels entitled to buy, sell, and “recycle” women like commodities in the name of marriage; that feels entitled to decide whose children a woman will bear, whether or not a woman will have children, how many, and which child she is permitted to carry and which child she will have to abort.
WE URGE YOU TO WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW AND RECOGNIZE THAT FEMALE FETICIDE IS THE PRACTICE OF A CULTURAL MACHINERY THAT IS DEEPLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY ANTI-CHOICE.