--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > > In a message dated 8/12/06 8:18:29 A.M. Central Daylight Time, > [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: > [MDixon wrote:] > > Certainly you wouldn't want some politician or dictator telling > > you what the sex of a child you are permitted to bring into the > > world or abort should be.
[I wrote:] > This really isn't the simplistic issue some would > like to make it. There isn't any "good" solution > that's actually feasible given the situation in > China. > > The ideal solution would involve everyone in China > practicing sound birth-control methods *and* the > society having a means of adequately taking care of > the elderly so they wouldn't starve if they had no > male children to support them, and/or ensuring that > female children have the same opportunities that > male children do so females could support their > parents too. > > But these kinds of changes aren't *feasible* in > China, at least in the short run; they couldn't > be accomplished in time to avoid massive hardship > if abortion were banned entirely or if the status > quo of women selectively aborting female fetuses > were maintained. > > So what you have to look for is the least-bad > *feasible* solution that will allow the society > to function while you work for longer-term, more > positive changes. [MDixon wrote:] > I would imagine the Chinese think the current policy will fix the > situation quickly. > Once there is an over abundance of men and too few women, fewer > children of either sex will be born and women valued more. It's a > nasty and evil way to fix the problem, but the Chinese have a > reputation for using nasty, evil ways to fix their problems. So you're in favor of Lawson's solution, then, since it's clearly a lesser evil? To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/