A book review in the June 18-19 weekend Wall Street Journal brings into focus two horrific consequences of modern society’s demand for individual liberty of choice without moral absolutes.  The book being reviewed was Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men written by Mara Hvistendahl.  The reviewer is Jonathan V. Last.  

The first consequence documented by the author is the shocking statistic about the choices being made by potential parents around the world.  The statistic shows that female fetuses are being aborted at a much higher rate than male fetuses.  According to the book, “Since the late 1970’s, a hundred-sixty-three million female babies have been aborted by parents seeking sons.”  This has occurred, not only in China and India where sexual selection is common, but throughout the world; especially in parts of the world that are without any cultural objections to the taking of human life in the womb.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade essentially declared individual choice as the highest and most sacred civil liberty.  This is in opposition to the right to life stance for the unborn.  The second consequence of the demand for individual liberty, which stems from this decision, is demonstrated in Ms. Hvistendahl’s book as the review reveals how unquestioning the author and much of the global society have been convinced of this premise. 

From the Wall Street book review, it becomes clear the author is blinded to the fact that individual choice ungoverned by moral absolutes will eventually lead to horrific, unintended consequences that are destructive to the very meaning of being human. This blindness results from the author’s indefensible commitment to what she perceives is a woman’s right to take the life of her unborn child though the author cannot find place for the inevitable consequences of her stance. 

The author does try to offer some ways to correct the abortion-gender imbalance.   However, the author’s suggested way to protect some of the unborn females is not only absurd, it reveals her inability to grasp the fundamental truth that individual liberty without the restraint of moral absolutes corrupts society at its core.  The reviewer, Mr. Last, concludes his review with the following segment in a way that cannot be improved:

“’Choice is choice,’ one Indian abortionist tells Ms. Hvistendahl:  ‘I have patients who come and say I want to abort because if this baby is born, it will be a Gemini, but I want a Libra.’…This is where choice has already led.  Ms. Hvistendahl may wish the matter otherwise, but there are only two alternatives:  restrict abortion or accept the slaughter of millions of baby girls…”

While the author, Ms. Hvistendahl, decries the outcome of the unrestrained abortion ethic, one can only observe that once out of the bag who knows where the cat will run.  In this instance, it has run over the top of the women’s’ right to choose and bitten the faces of those who so vociferously lobby for that choice.

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