"China's Missing Girls"

William Saletan:

Sixteen million girls are missing in China. And now we know what happened to them: They were aborted because they weren’t boys.

It’s a chilling story.

What do you make of this if you’re a feminist who believes that a woman always has a right to choose, and that an abortion is a morally insignificant act because the fetus is not rightly understood to be a human life? I’m asking earnestly. The rise of ultrasounds and selective abortion in the third world strikes me as an issue with which pro-choice feminists must grapple — it is arguably the most dire threat to women and their place in society in the world today.