Abortion and the War on Women

Sex-selective abortion has taken 163 million girls. What can we do about it?

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Overview

Author Mara Hvistendahl tells the story of a young man, Puneet Bedi, who went to work during the night shift at a hospital maternity ward in India. He hoped to witness a birth. What he saw instead was horrifying. “Minutes after catching a glimpse of the labor room,” Hvistendahl says, “Bedi was intercepted by a cat with something bloody dangling from its mouth. It wasn’t until he saw a five-month-old fetus discarded on an uncovered tray, lying in a pool of blood, that he realized what the cat had eaten.” The baby was a girl, killed for that reason alone.

Referring to the book Unnatural Selection, by Mara Hvistendahl, Liautaud talks about the war on women that has resulted in the loss of 163 million females in Asia through sex-selective abortion and infanticide because of cultural prejudice against girls and women. Her questions are poignant: “Why, then, if perhaps the largest crime against humanity is happening under our noses, have we heard so little about it? And what, if anything, is the church doing to slow down the holocaust?”

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE:Genesis 1:26–28; Psalm 127:3–5; 139:13–16; Luke 10:38–42; Ephesians 5:22–33

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Male and female are created in the image of God.
Teaching point two: Men and women have intrinsic worth even in the womb.
Teaching point three: All children are a blessing.
Teaching point four: Women are indispensable and vital members of the church.
Teaching point five: Christian marriage models how men and women ought to relate.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources

ARTICLES FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • "Genocide in Shades of Pink," by Marian V. Liautaud, 2012

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