It’s an unbelievable claim: 163 millions female babies aborted by women seeking sons. This is the information shared in Mara Hvistendahl’s book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences in a World Full of Men.
But even if she’s off by even ten or twenty percent, the headline remains tragic. Whatever your view of abortion in general, the fact that millions of abortions have taken place based on whether the child is male or female is repulsive. The very thought questions the value we give to men and women. Are women and men truly equal? If so, why the tragic disparity in the number of abortions favoring boys over girls?
A Judeo-Christian worldview would hold that both men and women are equally created in God’s image and should be treated as such. Anything less reveals a failure to love men and women as God loves them, and reveals our deep need to for others wherever and whoever they are.
Find out more about Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl.
DILLON BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith. Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J. Powell), and Thirst No More. Discover more at ActivistFaith.org.