Can Non-Persons Be Gendered?
The intellectual dissonance of this is achingly painful:
The Local reported in February that a woman from Eskilstuna in southern Sweden had twice had abortions after finding out the gender of the child.
The woman, who already had two daughters, requested an amniocentesis in order to allay concerns about possible chromosome abnormalities. At the same time, she also asked to know the foetus’s gender.
Doctors at Mälaren Hospital expressed concern and asked Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to draw up guidelines on how to handle requests in the future in which they “feel pressured to examine the foetus’s gender” without having a medically compelling reason to do so.
The board has now responded that such requests and thus abortions can not be refused and that it is not possible to deny a woman an abortion up to the 18th week of pregnancy, even if the foetus’s gender is the basis for the request.
Critical to pro-abortion arguments — or at least their ability to remain viable in an even modestly moral society — is the fiction that there’s some state of being called “personhood” that bestows a basic right not to be killed on a whim by one’s own mother and that unborn children lack such being. Here, we have a mother considering qualities of the child as a determinative factor for execution.
There is no way that such a decision can be made without envisioning that child’s life with his or her parents. There is no way, in short, not to be thinking of that fetus as a person who will grow through the stages of childhood. To crush that life while it is sufficiently vulnerable is, well, monstrous.