By Suresh Kurl
A family kitchen by nature is a warmer place. But during the recent political campaign, I felt it was the hottest spot in the entire household. I realize it was not only the heating fuel that was keeping the household more than toasty warm, our heated campaign discussions and the anti-abortion furor taking place in far away Ottawa were also adding to it.
You might recall last month, MP Mark Warawa, along with some disenchanted Conservatives, including more than 20 MPs and senators were trying to reignite the long extinguished cold embers of abortion debate.
You might ask, since when have I started taking interest in pro-life and pro-choice debates? The answer might surprise you. I am neither a pro-life-right-winger nor a pro-choice-left-winger. Actually I have no wings, and that helps me stay grounded and support what is right and good.
Today, I support MP Warawa, because he is protesting against sex-selective abortions in Canada, but you have to know that my support for his position is apolitical. I am not out there developing a vote bank to profit my next re-election, or seeking opportunities to fatten my bank balance through Senate expense-reimbursements, like Mr. Ninety-Thousand-Dollars-Puffy Duffy had been doing allegedly.
My motive is pure. It is to raise awareness and conscience of my fellow citizens. Irrespective of their nationality, faith, religion or politics, I wish to tell them that sex selective abortions are culturally repugnant and socially backward. They are sexually discriminating and contribute to a gender imbalance in population.
Let’s learn something from India. This proud nation, somewhere in a blind race of material self-indulgence, seems to have lost its moral compass on this particular issue. Although gender determination tests and sex-selective abortions were officially outlawed in India in 1994, sex selective abortions have continued unrestricted. Dr. Prabha Jha of The Center for Global Health Research in Toronto, Canada claims that parents have aborted up to 12 million girls over the last three decades in India.
As a result of such a heavy drain on female population, India has begun to face a severe shortage of young women of marriage age. Thaddueus Baklinski, reporting for LifeSiteNews.com (October 28, 2011) writes that in every village, there are at least five or six bachelors who cannot find a wife. In some villages, there are up to three or four unmarried men in one family.
Northern provinces of India, especially Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, are suffering the worst shortage of women. They have only 798 marriageable women for every 1,000 men. Some families are doing the unthinkable. They are out shopping for brides, and those who are unable to afford or find them for all of their marriageable sons, are forcing their one daughter-in-law to sleep with the rest of them.
I am aware of the arguments these morally depraved and intellectually bankrupt modern polyandrists offer. They use the example of Princess Draupadi from the epic Mahabharata, who had accidentally ended up spousing five Pandava brothers. “When she could do it why couldn’t we?” they ask in defence of their perversion.
My response, if our ancestors did something wrong 5,000 years ago, it doesn’t mean we have to repeat it. History is preserved to learn from not repeat exactly as it happened.
Besides, if they do not find wife-sharing immoral, they will soon discover that the practice is physically injurious to the health of women. They end up developing viral diseases because of sexual intercourse with several males. The practice keeps the wife and husbands psychologically and spiritually deprived of close bonding.
According to Dr. R.N. Saxena, an eminent Indian sociologist and my Guru, polyandrous marriages increase the birth of sons, and therefore, the cycle of polyandry never ends.
Then, the practice could have serious genetic consequences. Suppose the bride’s family members keep their history of Parkinson hidden from the family of her husbands’ family, can you imagine the consequences? All of her children though fathered by different husbands might end up with the disease.
Then, a wife sleeping with several husbands does not know which of her four or five husbands is the real father of her children.
Of the 64,641 abortions performed on Canadian women in 2010, as reported by The Canadian Institute for Health (CIHI), how many of them would you consider to be gender-based after you factor in the increasing Asian and South Asian population, which prefer boys over girls? If Canada fails to learn from the failures of the present social history of India, it could face the same consequences of population imbalance that India has been facing currently.
We know the current government is heavily invested in amending criminal laws to protect and support the victims of crime. Given the ugly outcome of flushing down the unborn future female citizens, I strongly appeal to the Federal Government to re-examine the current abortion laws and amend them to restrict sex selective abortions at will. These voiceless unborn female babies are victims too. They also need to be protected and supported.
Dr. Suresh Kurl is a South Asian Community Activist, a retired Registrar of the BC Benefits Appeal Board and an Ex-Member of the National Parole Board.