Last election the GOP's popularity among women voters were hurt by statements from Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and Richard “Even more offensive” Mourdock. To counter claims of the GOP's “War on Women” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) has come up with an even more offensive talking point, banning sex selection abortions.
Besides the fact that it is impossible to know someones true intent, and that 95% of abortions take place before the sex can be determined, and statistics show that if women in the US do use abortions for sex selection there are too few to be measured. It's just damn insulting.
The premise of using abortion to get rid of girls and only have boys is this: Mother's would prefer a son because women are treated unequally in society through laws that don't even allow them to have a say in what happens with their own bodies, therefore we need to pass laws that don't allow women to have a say in what happens to their own bodies. It's a Mobius Strip of an insult, the “solution” leads to the problem.
It's so insulting that as guy, I'm insulted.
There are places were using abortions to select the gender either was a problem or still is. For a couple decades in China after the one couple one child law started, it was a problem. Now with a generation of middle aged men desperate for women, and greater freedom for women, daughters are being prized in China.
In the Middle-East, Filicide isn't unheard of. That's in countries that treat women as property.
If you are really concerned with this non-problem, there is a simple solution: Give women equal opportunity as men.
So to the GOP, I will give some free advice on how not insult women over the abortion topic. State your feelings about it and stop. If you start going into pseudo-science and speculation about legitimate rape and sex selection abortion then: Shut-up Stupid, if necessary grab a pencil and stab it in your eye! Anything beyond personal opinion and feelings is bound to be insulting.
By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE