‘It’s a girl’. Why are these words so deadly for so many?

Last night I saw a documentary called ‘It’s a girl’.

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide”.

Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.

The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls.

Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women.

The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

Here are some truly frightening stats from the documentary –

  • each year China & India ‘eliminate’ more girls than the number of girls born in the USA
  • each year in India 100,000 women are killed because they haven’t produced sons, or their husband and in-laws are unhappy with the dowry paid by her parents
  • dowries have been outlawed in India, however ‘dowry deaths’ still occur and are rarely investigated by authorities
  • female feticide (abortion due to discovering the baby is a girl) is socially acceptable in India
  • techniques used to enforce China’s ‘one child policy’ include forced abortion & forced sterilisation
  •  the ‘one child policy’ means that there are many more men than women in China. This leads to increased child trafficking from nearby countries and kidnapping of child brides


The film shared stories of women who have killed baby after baby waiting to give birth to a son. But it also shared stories of brave women fighting to save their daughters lives.

One such women was Dr Mitu Khurana. Her husband and mother-in-law starved her for days, then feed her food they knew she was allergic to in order to get her to a hospital so they could bride a doctor to secretly find out the sex of her unborn twins (in violation of the PCPNDT Act). When it was discovered they were girls she was pressured to have an abortion. Instead she fled, gave birth to her daughters and now, years later, she continues to try to have her husband & doctors held accountable for what they did. In return she has been threatened with rape and the death of herself & her daughters if she doesn’t drop her complaint against the doctor.

Read more about her story here.

And visit itsagirlmovie.com to find out what we can do to speak for the voiceless girls around the world.

Sign the UN Petition for the Unborn Child

foot_coming_out_of_pregnant_belly.jpgWelcome to the UN Petition for the Unborn Child and the Family! With your help we are going to present one million names to the UN this December asking Member States to begin interpreting the Universal Declaration as protecting the unborn child from abortion.

As you know many UN agencies and many nations support the killing of the unborn child in the womb. Some even call such child killing a universal right.  In fact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for the right to life! This petition calls UN Member States to return to the proper understanding of the right to life. This petition asks nations and the UN itself to recognize that a proper reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights must begin by protecting all life, most especially the most defenseless, the unborn child!

In early December, only a few short months away, we will present these one million names to the UN. We will present them to the Secretary General, to select Ambassadors and to the UN press. We hope to have them formally presented to the UN General Assembly.

I urge you to sign this petition and then send a note to all of your family and friends urging them to sign it, too. You can sign the petition in any one of 15 languages above!

Please help and get all of your family and friends to help, too!

Sign it here.

I signed it. So did Dave. Here’s why.

Piper on Abortion

John Piper has interesting thoughts on why abortion should be associated with racism.

“So here’s one connection for starters:

Racism might—and often did—result in the killing of innocent humans. In our history, it often did. But there is no “might” about abortion. It always results in the killing of innocent humans.

Between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 Black people were lynched in America. Today more Black babies are killed by white abortionists every three days than all who were lynched in those years.”

Read the whole thing here.