Abortion will hinder rise of China and India: Catholic cardinal
Expressing concern over the gender imbalance in India and China due to selective abortion of female foetuses, an Australian Catholic Archbishop has said that this trend would hinder the rise of the two Asian giants.
"The social consequences of these infamous policies over the next few decades are likely to bring new meaning to the term of reaping the whirlwind," Cardinal George Pell said during a function in Sydney.
"Unlike Europe and Japan, where societies aged after they had become rich, in China and India they will follow their more prosperous predecessors into serious demographic decline in a few decades, before wealth spreads across most of the community or at least of all the community.
"As well as coping with the unpredictable consequences of tens of millions of single men - they can't all become Catholic priests - this must raise serious questions about whether we're entering the Chinese century," he commented, according to 'The Age' report.
He said the growing trend of selective abortion would hinder the rise of the two countries.
Cardinal Pell was speaking at the annual scientific meeting of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the topic of whether religious faith was compatible with women's health around the world.
Pell said abortion was a representation of "a tragic and collective failure to provide care and support to women".
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