Sometime in the future the US Government – including the majority both sides of the political aisle / including the president, no matter republican/conservative or democrat/liberal all agreeing – decides that the US has an over population problem. They institute a law that says you can only have one child. If you already have children by law you cannot have any more. What would you do?
Now say you or your wife gets pregnant. You already have children which have been grandfathered into being protected against the consequences of breaking the law. What do you do? Do you have the child and hide it like Moses mother hid him? Taking the risk of being found out and facing huge fines, you & your spouse jail time leaving your children to the care of family or worse government protection and sustainment? What would you do if your have one child and it’s a girl unable to carry on your family name, unable to provide for you and your spouse later in life? Do you place them in an orphanage and hope for the best? Do you go against every moral, righteous cell in your being and have an abortion or place them in a dark corner unfed to slowly die. Or abandon them in the back alley, drown them in a river/lake?
This scenario and these images are graphic. We can’t imagine the US moving in this direction. We can’t imagine that a parent would do this to their child (often the mother being the one to commit the act). However, this very act – abandoning, killing an infant – goes on this very day in our world.
Infanticide is currently practiced in China, India, and Africa. In urban populaces gender-selective abortion is practiced. Choosing male children, aborting females.
Infanticide and gender-selective abortion are not talked about. Are not brought to light in the eye of the public. We may be aware it happens but do we really know? Do we know that infant girls are drowned in rivers because having a boy is preferred for status within community, because having a daughter means expensive dowries in the future. Because a son (in rural areas) can work to support you when you are too old to do so yourself.
In a discussion with Shawn on Sunday we talked about this. I said that the practice of infanticide makes me angry, pisses me off. He commented that I don’t get this angry about abortion. And I don’t. Abortion takes a life that hasn’t been born, while infanticide murders (blatantly) a child that has taken breath – which according to critics for abortion say is when life starts. Don’t get me wrong I think abortion is wrong, I don’t support it at all. But I think in this day and age abortion is a tired topic. People on both sides of the argument have grown tired of the fight while not budging in their stance. But like I said in the previous paragraph it just isn’t talked about.
Infanticide is often illegal, but still practiced. There needs to be a voice for these girls, these children.
For your reference here are some links with more information:
The Economist – The War on Baby Girls: Gendercide
Update: I was turned onto these posts. Thanks to Elora.
Prudence is a 30-something writer who lives in Arizona with her husband Shawn and their chihuahuas Lengua and Zeus. She writes her life, her experiences and her crawl back to hope. Eventually, she hopes to visit India – a place that’s captured her heart without ever stepping foot on the soil.