The practice of sex selected abortions is relatively new to North America but has been practiced for decades, openly and covertly, in many South and Southeast Asian countries. In recent years small segments of certain immigrant groups have imported this tendency to design the perfect one child family to the US. There is also evidence that, with the development of technologies which can determine the sex of an unborn child at increasingly early gestational ages, the practice is being adopted by broader, more diverse segments of the population. Sex selected abortions remain relatively uncommon and controversial, however, making this the time to act to stop the practice.
If we wait too long to get around to banning this practice so at odds with American ideals of fairness and equality, it might be too late. The Sex Selected Abortion Ban provides Massachusetts with an elegant, two paragraph solution to a problem that, given the heavy presence of the bio-technology industry in the Commonwealth, may become very serious in time.
Sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough) the bill enjoys the support of eleven co-sponsors including not only pro-life Republicans and Democrats but also legislators who have a record of embracing what they describe as a pro-choice position, such as NARAL-endorsed Joyce Spiliotis (D-Peabody). Informal canvassing of the legislature by pro-life activists has also revealed a strong base of bipartisan support for the measure among lawmakers not listed as co-sponsors. Figures across the ideological spectrum recognize the danger sex selected abortion poses to our society and are willing to act to protect Massachusetts.
It is easy to see why all sides of a controversial issue can come together in support of this humane, common-sense measure. If social liberals cannot bring themselves to agree with the pro-life movement regarding the immorality of abortions in general, they can certainly agree that aborting unborn girls because of their sex is essentially frivolous, illiberal and anti-feminist.