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Topics: Gender, Sex, Female Pages: 2 (307 words) Published: April 29, 2013
Hypothesis: “Views on abortion are largely formed by an individual’s religious and cultural backgrounds.”

-Religious views do not necessarily impact abortion views, but commitment to those religious views does.

-In India fewer girls than boys are born. In a study published in 2006, researchers looked at data on female fertility from a continuous Indian national survey of 6 million people, living in over a million households. They found that the sex of the previous child born affected the sex ratio of the current birth, with fewer females born as second or third children to families who were yet to have a boy. Based on the national sex ratio from other countries, the researchers estimated that over the last 20 years around 10 million females were ‘missing’.

-According to UN statistics, there are 100 million females missing around the world. Many of them are left on the sides of roads, drowned, maimed and thrown in dustbins. But even more of them are aborted.

-Sex-selective abortion, also colloquially known as “gendercide”, is a huge problem, across Asia, namely. With a traditional preference for sons, combined with harsh population control measures, females are aborted due to their gender and a cultural liking towards males.

-Over 99% of the Afghan population is Muslim.

-Although the pro-life, anti-choice positions are mainly associated with conservative religious people or strict Catholics, some Atheists also oppose abortion.

-Although the pro-life, anti-choice position on abortion is most commonly associated with conservative evangelicals, fundamentalists, and conservative Catholics, there are atheists who oppose abortion as well. They aren’t typically anti-choice for religious reasons, but their conviction is as strong as anyone’s. At the same time, though, I haven’t seen any atheists who sincerely think that abortion is the moral equivalent of murder and that those involved should be treated like murderers.
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