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Female Selective Abortion

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Barbara Miller's article (2001) on female-selective abortion (FSA) may be more than 11 years old (not that long ago, but imagine all the other social and medical changes that have occurred since 2001), but FSA is still a hot-button topic. Page 1090 in Miller (2002) (in your assigned readings) begins addressing the divergent views on FSA.

Reflect on your ability to discuss a view point opposing to your own. Then, consider Miller (2001) and select a view expressed in the article with which you disagree. Respectfully, write a reflection on that view in her article with which you disagree. This reflection is not asking you to accept someone else’s viewpoint as your own, but to appropriately discuss it*.

FSA Represents Free Choice. I disagree with western feminists, ethicists each having their own interpretation of “choice” about abortion and FSA in particular. Any kind of abortion should be morally wrong and not just abortion on gender grounds. In both Asian and African countries, sons have been preferred over daughters. Because of this I think that most women especially uneducated and those pushed around by their husbands or in-laws might be pushed into having an abortion if they are having a girl. It is hard to day or do something unless you walk in the other’s own shoes. How do you push a woman to have an abortion? Yes iam sure one can be persuaded but some do keep their girl fetus and do not abort them.
“Pure reproductive freedom is the complete absence of constraints and structured choice and should, therefore, logically result in equal sex ratios at birth.” (Miller, 2001) Does this even exist or does the couple have to consult each other to make a decision best for them? Western feminists need to stop having an opinion about something they do not really know about. I would rather an Indian feminist in India who knows the culture tell or write about that interpretation of one having a choice.
All abortion and not just FSA is wrong but iam a firm believer that at the end of the day, a woman needs to do what she has to do since she is the one bringing this child into this world. So many people have had abortions whether boy or girl and this contributes to unequal sex ratios. A woman using FSA is indeed exercising free choice. It is her choice whether to have that baby or not and whatever makes her happy or her family is what she will do. Why should the feminists think that “She is "free" only to comply with the masculinist reproductive mandate, but she is not free to resist that mandate?”
At the end of the day, abortion is a choice.

References
Miller, Barbara. (Dec 2001). Female-selective abortion in Asia: Patterns, policies, and debates. 103.4 : 1083-1095. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Washington, United Kingdom.…...

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