Abortion is not a topic that is easily discussed on a 500 word blog post. The legal, moral, ethical and practical issues are far-reaching and complex. Thus, I have avoided it for these nearly 5 years I have been posting on The Brodsky Blog.
But this week, when the North Carolina legislature upheld a ban on gender selective abortions, the ultimate feminist question became even more complicated, more nuanced and more divisive than ever before.
Sure, selective sex abortions in China and India are an outrage to any self-respecting feminist. In cultures where males are favored over females (hmm, educate me as to a culture which doesn’t favor the male over the female), aborting girls is the ultimate in gender discrimination. But these cultures are far away, not in our own more advanced back yards.
So, dear reader, I ask you, which is the correct feminist position? Preserve the freedom of choice for abortion even if it means we can and do choose to abort girls preferentially because they are not the more “favored” sex?
Of course, like everything to do with abortion, there is no easy answer. I cannot deny freedom of choice. And I also not deny that every potential life is precious and worthy of preservation (ask any woman who has lost a pregnancy). It’s hard to not understand both sides of this issue. And that’s why most women support both sides of this issue–that is, they are both pro-choice and pro-life.
But now there is a new twist. What is your take?