Gendercide is the newly coined term for the selective killing of people of one sex. Most often it refers to the practice of nations which encourage for cultural and/or for governmental reasons the aborting or killing upon birth their daughters in the hope of having male children instead. Usually we think of this atrocity occurring in nations such as China and India, where their practice of gendercide is well documented. These nation’s gendercide practices have led to a birth ratio of 6:5 males to females. Some of the more obvious long-term consequences of gendercide are falling birth rates, national aggression, increased crime, polyandry, and a heightened sex slave trade.
Yet this practice does not only occur outside the borders of the U.S. As the organization Protect Our Girls has been revealing, increasingly abortion is being used in our country for gender selection. This week videos shot in Austin, Texas, and New York City by Live Action show Planned Parenthood counselors helping undercover reporters, posing as pregnant young women, work through the steps of a gender specific abortion. You can see the video of the Austin interaction below (go to the links in this paragraph for the other video).
What is so chilling in watching these reports are not the graphic images (there are none) or the explicit language (again none is present). Rather, it is seeing the two women counselors speaking so friendly and reassuringly about safety even as they are discussing the murder of unborn girls. Who is truly being “anti-woman” here?
Surely Christians will debate over the ethics of these women reporters posing as something they are not. Yet before condemning them, it would be good to remember that Rahab’s faith and Corrie Ten Boom’s courage employed dealing crookedly with those bent on taking human life.