Too Few Women

What Abortion Hath Wrought

By Eric Metaxas Published on May 12, 2018

The gender imbalance in China and Asia is wreaking social chaos. And the Washington Post’s worldview won’t let it admit the real cause of the problem.

Twenty-one-year-old Li Defu is hard at work, building a house in rural China. While American men his age spend their free time gaming with friends, Li knows he has no time to waste. Without this house, he may never find a wife.

As Li told the Washington Post in a story titled “Too Many Men,” “At the moment there aren’t any girls my age around. I am building this new house in preparation, in case I find someone.”

But even with a nice house to attract a bride, there’s no guarantee that Li will ever find one. The reason: There are 34 million fewer Chinese women than men. Indian men share this demographic nightmare:  There are 37 million fewer women than men in India.

What’s the cause of this huge gender imbalance?

Well, reading the Post, you could be forgiven not coming to the obvious conclusion: Seventy million unborn baby girls were aborted — killed in the womb simply because they were female. Instead, the Washington Post refers disingenuously to “cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology.” In a 5,300-word story, the word “abortion” is used exactly once. The social damage caused by sex-selection abortion is mind-boggling — and yet, the Post can barely bring itself to mention the word!

Nobody likes to be faced with the fact that their worldview is flawed — in this case, tragically so.

Now, it’s a safe bet that most of the editors and writers for the Post consider abortion not merely a woman’s right, but also a cultural good. So why are they so reluctant to use the word in this front-page story?

I suspect it’s because nobody likes to be faced with the fact that their worldview is flawed — in this case, tragically so.

For decades, western family planning groups, such as International Planned Parenthood Fund and the United Nations Population Fund, have promoted abortion on a massive scale as the solution to many of the world’s problems. They’ve worked with leaders in both China and India, urging them to bring down their population levels through abortion and sterilization.

The result? Seventy million men, who expected to marry and rear children, are desperately lonely. “Brides” are kidnapped from other countries. Forced prostitution and assaults on women are on the rise.

Ironically, many of the parents who aborted their baby daughters in favor of sons will never have grandchildren: There are no women for their sons to marry.

Abortion proponents portray abortion as a social good that allows women control over their own bodies. But in India and China — and sometimes in the West, as well —  abortion has given women LESS control. They are forced, by their government or their husband’s relatives, to kill their unborn daughters.

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The story of those 70 million missing women reminds us that our worldview, how we see reality, how we define what is good or bad, will affect how we live — as individuals and as a society. As Chuck Colson often urged us, we should test the validity of any worldview by following it to its logical conclusions.

The Christian worldview considers children of both sexes a great blessing. In Psalm 127, we read, “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” But secular abortion advocates think we should solve the problems of the world through the slaughter of the innocents.

The good news is that we can do something about this ongoing tragedy: We can support the Save a Girl campaign, a program that helps Chinese women keep their baby girls.

We can also talk about the Post piece with our neighbors, helping them see the tragic consequences of a deadly worldview: In this case — seventy million missing women — and the lonely men who will go through life without them.

Anne Morse co-authored this article.

Eric mentioned the Save a Girl campaign, which is part of the efforts of the organization Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. We encourage you to go to their website. And as Eric suggested, read the Washington Post article on this topic, as well as other articles, by going to our Resources section.


Originally published on BreakPoint Commentaries, May 11, 2018. Re-published with permission of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

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  • Karen

    You do realize that before they had sex-selective abortion, parents in China and India simply left baby girls out to die?

    • Dave M.

      Is that you Mollech?

    • Nobody Specific

      And the same was done in many ancient pagan cultures. This should tell you all you need to know about abortion. It occurs entirely out of base selfish desires to use people for our own ends rather than treat them as people.

      Abortion is sinful for the same reasons slavery and murder are sinful.

      • Karen

        Those ancient pagan cultures, like too many modern ones, thought that women were useless. The variety of Christianity spouted at this website is the same; women are only good as producers of children and doormats for men. The real problem, which you do not address, is that women are only valued for our wombs and not our minds.

        • Shaune Scott

          If this website is so offensive to you, why do you read it?

  • tz1

    When you have a 1-Child policy, and a Son is more likely to provide for elderly parents (which might be the case in Asia, in the west it is usually the daughters but by a smaller margin), you are going to want your one child to be male.

    In India, where women require dowrys and it is generally considered a burden to marry off a daughter, a similar economic reality applies. The men might want wives, but culturally, the bride’s parents have to provide cash to get them married off. Remember the British Empire had to stop the practice of burning wives on their husband’s funeral pyres.

    There is also something that is both more subtle and worse. In Singapore, Lee Kwan Yu said it was a mistake to give college educations to women. Because even without the numerical gender imbalance, they aren’t getting married.

    Women tend toward Hypergamy, that is they want to marry a man who is better than them – higher status, income, etc. When you have WW2 and the GI bill for veterans, you have a lot of degreed men and “Rosie the Riveter”, and things work. When you have 60% of women in the US getting degrees (even if something like gender studies), they won’t want a welder, plumber or electrician, even if they have a higher income. This is some deep wiring that Christendom overrode when it was dominant, but now we are troups of chimps doing what comes naturally to the brains below the neocortex. Men seek long hair, and various proportions. Women seek alpha males for breeding, but accept betas for providing.

    The wife and mother is not considered a high-status situation. Which actually works well, because then almost any man who can behave and has some ambition qualifies as a husband she will naturally respect without being pushed. Career women become cat-lady spinsters because they put off marriage until there are no good men left (they can get cute young women if they are high status), and can’t accept someone lower, or worse will pick up a “bad boy”.

  • tearfang

    It would be interesting to see if that gender imbalance is reflected in the Chinese and Indian immigrant populations. Anyone have good sources on that?

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