Indian minister wants pregnant women to register with government

‘Indian register’ for pregnancies (the Beeb):

An Indian minister has proposed that all pregnant women register with the government and seek its permission if they wish to undergo an abortion.

Women and child development minister Renuka Chowdhury says the move is aimed at stopping the aborting of unwanted female foetuses.

Although prenatal sex determination and selective abortion are banned, far more boys than girls are born.

Critics warn that the new move could backfire and be misused.

Ms Chowdhury also wants abortions to be permitted only in specific circumstances, although she did not spell out what these may be.

Let’s get one thing straight–for idiots who want to abort foetuses just because they’re female, they’ll find a way to do it–unscrupulous doctor, quacks, or some other way.

And, let’s say you register–who’s going to follow-up that you’ve actually had the child or buried the child alive later? Are we going to create a whole new bureaucracy to deal with this? I could go on and on, but this is clearly a case of wearing the ‘bad idea jeans’.

This is not a simple problem of stopping an abortion; this goes deeper than that. It’s about people (who do this) believing that women are inferior to men. It’s about people still thinking that it’s a woman who is responsible for the sex/gender of a child — clearly a belief that stems from a lack of education.

Or that a woman is a burden on her family, because her parents have to get her married and pay for her dowry. The dowry issue and the sex-based abortion issue–they’re intertwined.

When the government gets into hare-brained schemes like this, it should ponder what the one-child policy did for China.

The only way to stop gender-based selective abortions is through education and social change. And, I’m not saying it’s an easy way; far from it.

But that doesn’t mean we should be looking at easy solutions.


2 thoughts on “Indian minister wants pregnant women to register with government

  1. Unbelievable! What is she thinking? So in order to protect the foetus, let’s make a law against the woman’s right to choose. I guess at some level, I can understand the sentiment to protect. But to take away her right to choose seems pretty ridiculous. I agree, education is key! and social change the only solution. But not social change in the Rang de Basanti style please! More like each person make up his/her mind to do and then DO things differently. Hopefully with India growing like it is, the change we hope for is not far behind.

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