Dictators and Baby Girls

The Fruits of a False Worldview

Sometimes it takes a comedian to shock us with the truth -- especially when it comes to abortion. I’ll explain, next on BreakPoint.

Listen Now | Download

Eric Metaxas

In the newly released film, “The Dictator,” the title character is played by shock comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. In one scene, the dictator is informed by his wife that she is pregnant; to which he replies: “Are you having a boy or an abortion?” Yikes!

While I do not plan to see the film myself — and don’t recommend that you do — it is an example of how humor allows us to broach subjects we would otherwise ignore: In this case, what has been called “a global war on baby girls.”

That’s how a recent article in “The New Atlantis” characterizes what Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute calls, “an ominous and entirely new form of gender discrimination.” This discrimination combines “surgical abortion [and the] . . . information gained through prenatal gender determination.”

Unlike Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictional Dictator, the practitioners of this discrimination aren’t content to simply ask whether it’s a boy or a girl — technologies like amniocentesis leave nothing to chance. If it’s a boy, the pregnancy virtually always goes to term. If not, abortion is often the result.

As Eberstadt tells us, “the practice has become  . . . ruthlessly routine” in many societies around the world. So much so, that in these societies, gender balances have become horribly skewed.

The best-known example is China, where the infamous “one child” policy and the cultural preference for boys have resulted in a ratio of approximately 120 boys for every 100 girls. But that may understate the imbalance: There are many places in China where the ratio exceeds 150 boys for every 100 girls.

And it isn’t only China. Sex ratios are similarly skewed in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and India. It is estimated that there are 160 million “missing” Asian women. That's “missing” as in “never born.”

The “missing” women aren’t the only victims of this lethal discrimination. Last summer, Chuck Colson told BreakPoint listeners about the link between sex-selection abortion and the increased demand for sex workers in India. This demand is being met, in part, by selling girls from neighboring Nepal into slavery and prostitution.

It isn’t only India. A 2007 State Department report drew a link between bride kidnapping and the Chinese sex-ratio imbalance. A 2008 “New Republic” article linked the sex-ratio imbalance to crime sprees in Chinese cities by “hopeless volatile men.”

Given the societal devastation wrought by this discrimination, you’d hope that people would re-think the impact of abortion-on-demand.

But you would hope in vain. When Ross Douthat of the “New York Times” noted the obvious connection between the missing women and abortion, the author of the aforementioned “New Republic” article, Mara Hvistendahl, took umbrage. She insisted that abortion-on-demand was unrelated to the issue.

Chuck called this dust-up a clear “example of the blinding power of a false worldview” — in this case the unsustainable worldview that sees abortion as an absolute, fundamental woman’s right. Our culture refuses to acknowledge that in the name of “female empowerment,” millions of future women are being eliminated.

Which puts Sacha Baron-Cohen’s cinematic dictator, like other comic figures before him, in the role of truth-teller.

And speaking of worldview, be sure to check out the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview at ColsonCenter.org. We have all kinds of great worldview resources — articles, blogs, newsletters, books — for you, your small group, and your church.

Further Reading and Information

The Global War Against Baby Girls
Nicholas Eberstadt | The New Atlantis | Fall 2011/p>

Undercover Video Shows Planned Parenthood Staffer Encouraging Sex-Selective Abortion
Alex Murashko | Christian Post | May 30, 2012

Worldview Blinder
Chuck Colson | BreakPoint.org | July 18, 2011

160 Million and Counting
Ross Douthat | New York Times | June 26, 2011


It's Raining Men
Kim Moreland | BreakPoint.org | March 24, 2011

The "Womb Police"
Anne Morse | BreakPoint.org |July 29, 2009

War against the Unwanted
La Shawn Barber | BreakPoint.org | January 6, 2012

Gendercide: Asia without Women
John Stonestreet | The Point Radio | April 1, 2011

Chuch Colson | BreakPoint.org | July 8, 2011

Turning a Corner on Abortion?
T. M. Moore | ColsonCenter.org | January 26, 2011

A Crime So Monstrous
Zoe Sandvig | BreakPoint.org



This has become the most enduring, ironic legacy of Roe vs. Wade. In the name of women's rights, feminists have ended up promoting the elimination of huge numbers of their own gender. Apparently, in their past lingo, "every child a wanted child" came to curiously apply only to males.