- Sex-selective abortion threat to children’s lives all over the world
- #VanishingGirls campaign advocates for right to life
NEW DLEHI (20 November 2019) – Today is World Children’s Day which is celebrated each year to promote the rights of the child all over the world. Sex-selective abortion threatens the right to life of children in many countries. For example, India has lost over 63 million girls due to the wide spread use of this practice as well as other factors such as lack of nutrition and the neglect of newborn girls.
“In our country, tens of thousands of babies are aborted every month for one reason: they are girls instead of boys,” said Tehmina Arora, Director of ADF India. “India’s skewed sex ratio shows that, as a nation, we have failed girls. They are either aborted or, once born, subject to various forms of violence. It’s time to address this issue, especially on World Children’s Day. Every child is precious. Both girls and boys have an equal right to life and liberty. Our nation cannot afford to lose its little girls to discrimination and neglect. India’s future is interlinked with the lives of the girls and women of the country. Whoever believes that girls share the same rights as boys cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in India today.”
The #VanishingGirls campaign is an initiative of ADF India advocating for the right to life particularly focusing on the practice of sex-selective abortion in India. In addition to raising awareness about sex-selective abortion, ADF India’s #VanishingGirls campaign also advocates for a correct implementation of the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques Act that India adopted in 1994.
Existing laws are ineffectively implemented
The law is an important instrument in the fight against sex-selective abortion and could help bring a gradual change to Indian society, in which girls are still heavily discriminated against. Implementation of the act, however, has been poor and sporadic in most parts of the country.
Inherent right to life, regardless of sex
“World Children’s Day is a good occasion to remind us that currently, countless girls in India are killed in the womb. Laws are in place to prevent this practice but it is imperative that they are enforced effectively,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF India’s partner, ADF International.