The controversy stirred up by these newspaper ads may have deterred any further public promotion of gender-selection abortions, but recent statistics seem to indicate that the practice remains widespread in some communities nonetheless. In an article published in Western Standard in June 2006, Andrea Mrozek, Director of Research at the Institute for Marriage and Family in Ottawa, points out that there were 11 percent more male children born in Surrey BC than female in the year 2000, and 9 percent more in 2003, almost twice the national average. Surrey’s population is nearly one third immigrant, with about one third of these new Canadians originating in India, where illegal gender-selection abortions are an acknowledged problem.
In Coquitlam BC, where Chinese immigrants make up 12 per cent of the population, there were 16 percent more boys born in 2000 than girls. In 2001 the number was 9 percent and in 2003 it was 12 percent. In Richmond BC the difference was 11 percent in 2000 and 12 percent in 2003. In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), north Etobicoke, where a large part of the population is made up of Indian immigrants, the male-to-female ratio for children under the age of 4 was 1.1:1 in 2001 while in Sikh areas of Brampton the ratio was 1.09:1 and in Toronto’s eastern Chinatown it was 1.08:1. There is no credible explanation for these differences other than the ongoing practice of gender-selection abortions in certain communities.
And here's news out of the United Kingdom.
In certain Asian cultures, sons are more highly prized than daughters because it is believed they will work from a younger age and carry on the family name.
In India, girls are considered an economic burden as their parents traditionally need to provide a dowry payment for them when they get married - often resulting in financial ruin or extreme hardship for many families when the women marry.
Last year, research revealed that between 1990 and 2005, about 1,500 fewer girls were born to Indian mothers living in England and Wales than would have been statistically probable for this group.
In the Nineties, 112 boys were born for every 100 girls. Between 2000 and 2005 this rose to 114 boys for every 100 girls.
A report last year revealed Indian women in Britain are travelling to the subcontinent to use the services of IVF doctors who for 4,000 rupees (about £49), will reveal the sex of an unborn child and recommend someone who can terminate the pregnancy.
And the following if from a Michal Coren piece you can read here and I blogged about here.
Okay, they didn't exactly word it in that way and they may have shot themselves in the foot, but their story last week was extraordinarily revealing. They revealed that advertisements in two Canadian Punjabi newspapers were promoting ultrasound clinics in the United States where, "You are told the sex (of the baby) immediately."
The implication of this, the story continued, was that "female fetuses" would be aborted. The article then quoted a community activist who said that this was "really, really sad."
These stats are not surprising. India's and China's cultural preference for males have created a gender imbalance for both of those nations. You can read more about it here. It is quite apparent that both of those communities have brought that same preference to Canada and that the practice of aborting their females is increasing in frequency.
The main problem is that this is not agreeable with Canadian values. The aborting females part I mean. It's totally in line with Canadian values when it comes to killing defenseless children still in the womb, at tax payer expense of course, because we are a civilized and progressive nation. But the fact that it is primarily females that are being targeted for termination suggests that females are seen as persons of lesser value within these communities and this is at odds with Canadian values.
Another problem is that this practice is a disservice for the fertility rate of this nation. This is pertinent when immigration is seen as the messiah for Canada's aging population. India and China are the top two source countries of immigrants to Canada respectively but if more males are being born within these communities than females then this does not help the fertility rate, and in effect the long term birth rate, of this country. In other words these communities do not help combat Canada's aging population. This is compounded when these communities also import their aged relatives almost negating any benefit of their have children in the first place.
If Canada is a true multicultural society then the preference for terminating female fetuses within some cultures should not be disconcerting. After all, male preference is apart of their culture so who are we to judge? Others may say that education is all that is needed to help these people see the errors of their ways but cultural relativism prevents that. True multiculturalism compels us to accept the termination of female fetuses within certain cultures whether we like it or not and if not then to shut up about it. My position on multiculturalism is clear: get rid of it. And if certain cultural practices are disagreeable with us then don't let it in. It's that simple. Assimilate and integrate. If some cultural practices are incompatible with Canadian society then we shouldn't be encouraging their importation.
Just want to give a hat tip to five feet of fury. I poached most of the links above from that blog.