Sex-selective abortion eliminates all girls in dozens of villages in Northern India

Out of 216 births across dozens of villages in northern India over the last 3 months, not a single girl was born, recent data has revealed.

An investigation is currently underway as to why not a single girl was born in 132 villages across the Uttarkashi district, in Uttarakhand state in northern Indian over a three month period. India already has a imbalanced sex ratio with significantly less girls being born than boys.

Census data from 2011 showed there were 914 girls to every 1,000 boys for children up to the age of six, but in some northern states that ratio was as low as 850, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

India outlawed sex-selective abortion and pre-natal sex detection in 1994 in order to try to prevent a further sex imbalance and the associated ills which often accompany it.

Sex-selective abortion and infanticide remain common practices however due to the cultural preference for male children. Dowries for girls, despite being outlawed, are often expected and expensive, and boys are expected to take the role of breadwinners for the family. In which case, many families desire a son for economic reasons.

Social worker Kalpana Thakur said that the latest statistics from Uttarkashi district showed the authorities were not doing enough.

“No girl child was born for three months in these villages. It cannot be just a coincidence. This clearly indicates female foeticide is taking place in the district. The government and the administration are not doing anything.”

A 2018 government report found about 63 million women were “missing” from the country’s population. This issue is explored in the documentary film it’s a girl.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign in 2015 to try to address this problem. The campaign, called “Save the daughter, educate the daughter,” intended to enforce laws that forbid sex-selective abortion and diagnostic techniques used for female feticide.

This shocking news from India comes at the same time as an extreme abortion law is being forced on Northern Ireland which would permit sex-selective abortion in that region.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Clare McCarthy said:

“It is a heartbreaking reality that some baby girls are aborted because they are female however, this is not just a problem limited to remote parts of India. There is a growing body of evidence that we have a sex-selective abortion problem here in the UK.

“It’s time for the Government to stop denying there is a problem here as well and to implement a ban on sex-selective abortion in the UK.

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Right To Life UK are hiring for a number of permanent and short-term positions

Right To Life UK is a campaigning and charitable organisation focused on life issues – abortion, assisted suicide and embryo research. We protect and defend the right to life of every human being from conception to natural death through our work across education, politics, the media and through a large network of people in constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This autumn, the abortion lobby are planning to bring forward legislation that will remove almost all existing legal safeguards around abortion in England and Wales.

We will be facing the biggest battle on abortion since 1967.

Right To Life UK is looking for hard-working, passionate, professional individuals to join us to ensure we have the team in place to defeat these proposals. The team will then move onto a large push across media, public affairs and grassroots to deliver positive changes to policy and culture which will save lives and support women in unplanned pregnancies.

We are seeking both permanent staff and those who are available for a short-term contract for a fixed period of time ahead of the threat coming forward this Autumn (September/October).

Permanent positions

Media Officer

Director of Media

Public Affairs Officer

Director of Public Affairs

Operations Officer

Director of Operations

Director of Development

Content Officer

Digital specialists – we are looking for a wide range of digital skills to fit in with our current team. We are looking to talk to anyone with digital specialities – across social, full-stack development, SEO etc. Please send your CV to us at careers@righttolife.org.uk and we will be in contact to discuss further.

Short-term

We are looking for people who can join our team for the short term to ensure we have the capacity to defeat abortion proposals coming forward in the autumn.

We are particularly looking for anyone who is available to either volunteer or work on a paid basis who has media, digital, public affairs or campaigning skills

We are also open to talking to people from other skill areas who can demonstrate that they will be able to enhance the organisation’s ability to defeat the proposals which are coming forward in Parliament.

If candidates are willing and able to take annual leave from their current jobs to support us ahead of this major challenge, Right To Life UK is open to covering their salaries over this important period.

How to apply

Send a covering letter and your CV to careers@righttolife.org.uk.

If you have any questions, please contact careers@righttolife.org.uk.

Applications close 6th August 2019 at 5pm.

Press Comment: Right To Life UK welcomes plans to extend redundancy protection period for new mothers

Following evidence that suggests that new mothers are still being unfairly forced out of work, the Government has revealed new plans to extend the redundancy protection period by a further 6 months. 

The Government also announced further details about establishing a taskforce to make recommendations on improvements on how to increase awareness amongst pregnant women and new mothers of their maternity rights.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Clare McCarthy said:

“This announcement is good news for new mothers as no one should be made to feel that their job is in jeopardy, just because they are pregnant or recently gave birth. Therefore it is encouraging to see these workplace protections being put in place in Government policy.

“We want to see the Government continuing to make these pro-women changes in policy to better support mothers and their babies. 

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