Congress Must Come Together to End Gendercide

 

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”

 

On the eve of China’s Children’s Day on June 1st, over 37 million girls have been eliminated—killed before birth, or shortly after, to make room for boys. This takes place under China’s brutally enforced One-Child Policy. What does this mean to China and to the world? Nothing good, for sure: increased sex trafficking, a spreading HIV epidemic, and more. Exactly how bad it will be, no one knows.

 

One thing, however, is certain,” said demography professor Dr. Dudley L. Poston, Jr. “We have never in the history of the world seen such a large number of unmarried males in any one country all within around 30 years of age. …The surplus of ‘bare branches’ and the shortage of girls…could soon become not just a concern for China, but for the United States and for the world.” Poston said that countries with inflated male populations have historically tended to engage in expansionist foreign policy and military aggression.

 

Meanwhile, girls are suffering daily—just last week, our volunteers in China heard that two infant girls were found near a Chinese hospital. One of the abandoned girls was rescued, but the other died from exposure. Like millions of other girls, these infants were met with their parent’s disappoint upon entering the world.

 

So let us be clear about this now. This is not an issue between Republicans and Democrats, pro-life versus pro-choice. It is becoming an issue that threatens our global economy, national security, and much more. Our fight against gendercide—a fight that spans the globe—is not a battle against each other, but against the forces that compel families to abandon or abort girls because of their gender. “For our battle is not against flesh and blood,”says Ephesians 6:12.

 

On June 1st 2011, the All Girls Allowed team launched a bipartisan “Coalition to End Gendercide” on Capitol Hill, which highlighted some truly horrific stories. A mother in India, facing pressure to bear a son, killed eight of her own baby girls right after birth. In China, too, gendercide is a common practice. One out of every six girls does not survive. The problem is spreading to the rest of the world, including the US. The US is falling behind in combatting gendercide: Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands already have laws that protect girls by banning sex-selective abortion, but the US does not.

 

So now, a year later, we rejoice in the fact that God has raised up congressional leaders in the US to put forth a bill that will end gendercide in America. They will vote on it today.

 

We pray again: “Almighty and merciful God, all the leaders’ hearts are in your hands. You direct them like a river wherever you please. If you are willing, may you transform all these men and women’s hearts in Congress to pass this law that brings about an end to the gendercide against girls, first in America, then around the world. May you do it swiftly. In Jesus’ awesome and precious name we pray, Amen!”

 

by Kat Lewis, All Girls Allowed




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