A Cautionary Tale
By now, some readers may have guessed that I am not just telling a creative story but describing the actual situation of girls in China. The ratio of male births to female births in China is now about 120 to 100, and the practice of sex-selective abortion is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, despite governmental efforts to prevent it. This sad tale illustrates what happens when widespread prejudice meets modern prenatal technology.
I have to wonder what might happen if a recent proposal in the UK for in-vitro selection of female embryos, which is intended to reduce the likelihood of giving birth to an autistic child because more boys than girls are identified as autistic, were to became a common practice in Western countries. (In the United States, it is already being done at some clinics.) Maybe in about 25 years, lonely Chinese bachelors might be making arrangements to bring mail-order autistic brides from the West. If our society's attitude toward the autistic minority population has not improved by then, I expect such brides would consider themselves lucky to have the chance to emigrate and get away from the prejudiced country where they grew up.