"In a world where it's possible to end a pregnancy safely and legally, it seems like rank brutality to force anyone to carry to term against her will." Even if the woman's only reason is that she doesn't want a child of the sex she is carrying. So argues a freelance writer in the English newspaper the Guardian.
Sarah Ditum doesn't care why a woman wants an abortion. "As the conscious and legally competent entity in the conception set-up, it's the woman's say that counts, and even the most terrible reason for having an abortion holds more sway than the best imaginable reason for compelling a woman to carry to term."
And: "Ultimately, if you believe strongly that girls have as much right to be born as boys, then you should also believe that women have the right to decide what happens within the bounds of their own bodies." Sex-selective abortion is "a symptom of brute misogyny. And the answer to such misogyny is never to deny women power over their own bodies."
Writing on the website Spiked, Ann Furedi, the head of BPAS (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a euphemism similar to "Planned Parenthood"), notes that "most people who think of themselves as liberal and modern-thinking believe that rape, incest, youth, poverty or even general 'unwantedness' are 'good reasons' for doctors to approve abortion; and they think 'sex selection'...