There are an estimated 200 million 'missing' women in the world today. Although a large percentage of these cases occur in Southeast Asia, namely in China and India, son preference is not uncommon in Europe and is a growing problem in the U.S., where a number of reports attest that, yes, Americans too have aborted thousands of babies simply because they are girls.
Abortions based on gender are currently legal in the U.S., eventhough 86% of Americans are opposed to the practice according to a 2006 Zogby International Poll.
This systematic eradication of females, also known as gendercide, has been gaining exposure, and with increased awareness have come calls for federal laws banning gendercide. The recent bill, the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), was just such an effort. Although PRENDA did not pass, all agree that protections must be put in place for girls at risk of losing their lives because of their gender.
The Shadowline Films team is poised to release It's a Girl, a feature length documentary dedicated to raising awareness about gendercide in India and China. We consider gendercide to be one of the most significant human rights violations of our time. And whether the practice takes place in the U.S., Europe, India or China, we oppose gendercide and are determined to do everything we can to make this issue known and fight for justice. You can join the fight by helping to spread the word about gendercide and upcoming documentary film It's a Girl!
Photos courtesy of Steven Groves