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Video: Is The Abortion of Millions of Daughters A Free Choice Made By Indian Women?

May 10, 2012

    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.


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  1. May 10, 2012 7:30 am

    Oh that video made me cry, howl the day i watched it on TV..but was I not aware of this big dianosaur in our lawn ..i was…
    In fact i too have a story to tell..I was in a clininc in jabalpur where i went for just a check up and we( me and my hubby) didnt want to know the sex of the baby and still were told and didnt ask us to pay cos we made a bid scene as we never asked for this info….
    Months later 4 march my daughter was born in Renukoot U.P and the first thing i asked the nurses and the doctor was how my baby was..and thery were hesitating, i thought something was wrong with my baby but after asking them for 5 -6 times…guess what the doctor( a very well know one) told me….She said and I quote- ” koi baat nahi next time ladka ho jayega”
    Translation- dont worry next time it will be a son
    and they seemed very surprised at the reaction of my family both my side and my inlaws cos every one was super excited…
    I mean i had a daughter they should have started crying or may be something more…
    Dont just blame the men,many a women also make their daughters and daughter in laws abort the female foetus…or may be they do so to please their men whatever it is shameful and disgusting

    • May 13, 2012 8:27 am

      @Soma — thank you for sharing your stories. Yes, we noticed too how much the women cried in the audience. And we wondered why women cried and not men? Why do you think that was?

      Also to the second part of your comment. Do you think there are Indian families where the husband and in-laws actually want a daughter, and the mother-to-be wants to abort if its a girl? Or if the husband and in-laws were perfectly happy with whatever the gender the child is, how many women do you think would want to have their daughters aborted?

    • July 10, 2012 6:12 am

      Hi Soma, this is a very sad story that you have narrated. Why do men forget, it is their sperm that decides the gender…the female just carries it. There are so many women who die while giving birth just because they have a girl child in their womb. While on the other hand, I have a positive story for you. I recently nominated my friend for the ITC Choo Lo Aasmaan Awards. The moment her husband and mother-in-law came to know of that she was carrying a girl, they wanted an abortion. She fought for her rights and gave birth to a healthy girl child. She later divorced this man, remarried and has recently started her own NGO supporting such women. We are proud of her. The award that I nominated her for is called Choo Lo Aasmaan honouring women who have brought about a change in the society by being a change themselves.

    • July 13, 2012 9:35 am

      Good for your friend Aruna. We find a lot of women, even when they are working, give in to the abuse and trauma of forced abortions because they are so terrified of getting a divorce. We keep telling women — it is hard to get out and harder still to deal with the Indian mentality towards divorced women. But it is important that they keep their strength and do what they know is right by themselves and their daughters. Does your friends NGO help women get out of such marriages?


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