A Study On Female Infanticide

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By Sivel Van Zee
April 13, 2015
I remember coming home from school one day and my mom handing me a flyer. I didn’t think much of it until I saw the large, bold lettering on the top. The words read, “IT’S A GIRL.” Normally that phrase was treated as a joyous occasion, but the font and serious theme of the flyer made me think otherwise. I continued to read and became more disturbed by the subject the flyer was discussing. My stomach tied into one large knot and I became physically sickened by the flyer. It spoke of horrible events occurring in the lives of females around the world and particularly tiny, newborn girls. This both disgusted me and sparked something inside of me. I didn’t understand why anyone would treat a precious baby like that, but I was determined to find out.
My first reaction was to take out my phone and find out exactly what the flyer was discussing. The definition came up as follows: “Female infanticide is the deliberate killing of newborn female children or the termination of a female fetus through selective abortion.” I had of course heard of abortion before. The idea of wanting an abortion only if the baby was a female was new to me. I couldn’t fathom a mother ridding herself of a child simply because it was a girl.
Immediately I racked my mind for ways that I could learn more about it. I had so many questions concerning the awful treatment. My first idea was to look into a church presentation that I remembered being…
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