Women's Rights

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. I wanted to post this today since it’s important to talk about this on more than one day.

Frequent readers of the Scene will know that I care seriously about women’s issues and women’s rights.

The expression women’s rights is often reduced to reproductive rights, which are important, but are only a subset of these. I would argue that another important part of women’s rights are human rights. Women’s human rights — to property, to personal integrity — are often trampled because they are women, and protecting these rights everywhere for a start would take us a long way to where we want to go.

One of the most important of human rights is the right to life. Sex-selective abortion is thought to have caused the death of at least 100 million baby girls.

I hope you’ll forgive me for thinking that one reason we don’t hear as much about this as we should is that many well-intentioned women’s rights activists are afraid that talking about this tragedy will expose abortion as, well, what it is.

And yet it’s hard for me to think of a more terrible tragedy. How much more vibrant, rich and beautiful would the world be with another 100 million girls and women?

One day, we will all have a lot of explaining to do.