The Slippery Slope Argument

1194 WordsMay 11, 20175 Pages
Another aspect of the liberal argument is that increasing choices increases freedom (Moazam 211). Under such thought, a woman with the ability to elect to have a SSA is better off than one who is limited to being forced to have a female child. Options are seen as freeing, even if the circumstances they exist under are undesirable or even questionable. Thus, allowing SSA is thought of as a way to further the liberation of Asian women. Liberal feminists also argue that state interference in the form of anti-SSA legislature is seen as infringing upon women’s reproductive rights (Moazam 214). This is a fundamental realization for liberal feminists, as they see any infringement upon these rights as having the potential to cause dangerous…show more content…
Still, liberal feminists assure that banning SSA will not get rid of it, as has been argued in the U.S. regarding abortions in general. With such a tremendous amount of societal pressure to have boys, women will continue to find ways to have SSA; however, they will be forced to seek out unregulated practitioners who provide riskier services (Moazam 216). Again, this will cause harm to the very people that the laws aim at protecting, and without even stopping the actual practice of SSA. Even some in favor of legally banning SSA admit that current laws aimed at combatting the missing girls phenomenon must be questioned. For example, Rogers et al. admitted in 2007 that the laws banning infanticide, abandonment, and neglect of female children in China and India, though they may have slowed down the practice, “do not appear to be effective in stopping SSA” (523). For liberal feminists, the protection of women from unsafe medical procedures that will undoubtedly occur with SSA bans is essential. However, a ban will still symbolically take a stance against gendered discrimination even if SSA still occurs at some level. Moreover, additional action can be taken to ensure women’s safety. Shelters and health care provided for women being forced to consider backdoor SSA by those around them could provide a form of escape from this seemingly inevitable “choice”. Support for women affected by domestic violence would also help to
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