24.5.11

Ugly statistics

Abortion is a sin callingout to God for vengance.

Up to 12 million girls aborted in India over last 30 years

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Up to 12 million girls were aborted over the last three decades in India by parents that tended to be richer and more educated, a large study in India found, and researchers warned that the figure could rise with falling fertility rates.

The missing daughters occurred mostly in families which already had a first born daughter. Although the preference for boys runs across Indian society, the abortions were more likely to be carried out by educated parents who were aware of ultrasound technology and who could afford abortions.

"The number of girls being aborted is increasing and may have reached 12 million with the lower estimate of 4 million over the last three decades," said lead author Professor Prabhat Jha at the Center for Global Health Research in Toronto, Canada.

"The logic is families are saying if Nature gives us a first boy, then we don't do anything. But if Nature gives a first girl then perhaps we would consider ultrasound testing and selective abortion for the subsequent children," he told Reuters in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Jha said the preference for boys in Indian society remains firmly in place and the reason why abortions of female fetuses were occurring more among richer and educated parents was because they could afford to do so.

"The preference for boys doesn't differ between rich and poor, it is similar. But the means to ensure a boy is greater among the educated and the rich," Jha said.

ABORTION OF GIRLS MAY INCREASE WITH LOWER FERTILITY

Jha and his colleagues, who published their study in The Lancet, said abortion of girls in India was different from the situation in China, where a one-child policy results in even abortions of the first girl.

"In India, we don't see that yet and there is no required one-child policy. But the concern is that if urban women decide they only want one child, then this practice may spread from second or third child to the first, so this is a future risk that we have identified," Jha said.

Jha's team analyzed data from three national health surveys conducted over different time periods from 1992 to 2006, where over 300,000 mothers between the ages of 15 to 49 were interviewed for their birth history.

The researchers also analyzed data of three cohorts of children born from 1990 to 2005.

They found the sex ratio for the second child in homes where the first born was a girl fell to 836 girls for every 1,000 boys in 2005, from 906 to every 1,000 boys in 1990.

"There were 4 million to 12 million selective abortions from 1980 to 2010 and just in the last decade, about 3 to 6 million, so the problem is increasing," Jha said.

India enacted a law in 1996 to prevent the use of scanning for prenatal sex determination and selective abortion of girls but Jha said it was very difficult to enforce because of a huge unregulated private medical practice.

"Until the government brings health reforms in place and brings doctors into a publicly financed accountable system, it's difficult to go that route," he said.

(Reporting by Tan Ee Lyn; Editing by Miral Fahmy)
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The pro-choice crowd is salivating.

There just is nothing left to be said.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

De Profundis

De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;
Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Fiant aures tuæ intendentes
in vocem deprecationis meæ.
Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est; et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus:
Speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem, speret Israël in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum redemptio.
Et ipse redimet Israël ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.

De Profundis

Out of the depths, I have cried to Thee,
O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the
voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark my iniquities,
O Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful
forgiveness: and by reason of Thy
law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word;
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until
night; let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy;
And with Him plenteous redemption.

Ps 103

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Richard,

This makes the heart cry out in agony! It is hiddeous, absolutely hiddeous!! God help us! May His chastizement arise soon that the haenous treatment of the voiceless might be brought to an end once and for all!

I am the daughter of an adopted mother, the sister of an adopted brother, a survivor of micro-premi birth and one who lives with the resultant vision impairments (but considers such a fair price for me to pay for the gift of life - 40 years of it - god's hand of providence - survived in 1970 born at only 26 weeks!!).
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XSB has provided me, free of charge, the Catechism, complete book of prayers, guide to praying the rosary, monthly Mass Propers and bi-monthly newsletters, all in Braille. The team have been incredible and I commend this organization to you for regular prayers, ...

But back to the matter at hand...The voiceless are trampled upon!
The helpless left defenceless!!

Remember, the OT prophets spoke about the abuse of the 'widow and orphan' regularly, and ancient Israel's turning away from God's law of life and faith...remember what happened upon each occasion Israel of Old strayed?? If we continue to stray, He shall bring us right back into line and it won't necessarily be a pretty sight...though much deserved!

god help us!

Thank you for this confronting yet vitally important blog entry.

blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Anonymous said...

Richard,

I don't know what to say! If you deem anything I share here worthy to stand alone as an article in its own right...I return your thanks, sincerely.

John Rutter, in my thinking, is the greatest living composer of sacred music in the Anglosphere. His setting of PS 103 is utterly breathtaking - sublime!! I fell in love with this at eighteen years of age

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkAnbyShvRk

This setting is at once both deeply haunting and profoundly intimate; a most fitting cry to the Almighty in light of the subject matter explored within your entry. To do it justice either listen via a decent sound-system or set of quality headphones.

This is track 2/7 of Rutter's Requium. I challenge you to remain dry eyed while listening...

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.