‘I don’t want my son to grow up in a world where women are the only ones in charge’
It’s been more than a decade since a high-profile court case ended the discriminatory practice of mandatory sex-selection surgeries on female infants.
Now, a woman is taking a different tack, saying the practice is still a “bad precedent” for women in the US.
The woman is Filipino-American Sandra Lee, who was forced to leave her home in the small town of Nogales, Arizona, and return to the United States in 2011.
“I want to go back and I want to say that the way we live in the United State, it’s really a bad precedent,” she told reporters in a video that was released last week.
“It was a lot easier for me to leave my home than it was to come back.
I wanted to leave, but it was so hard for me,” she said.
Filipinos and Mexicans, who make up a quarter of the US population, were subjected to the surgeries in the 1970s and 1980s under the then-new government’s so-called Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Act, which required babies born with defects to be removed, sometimes with the assistance of a physician.
After the law’s passage, however, many doctors in the country who were performing the surgery refused to perform it, and some clinics closed down, citing ethical and safety concerns.
“So many people have died because of it, it has been so bad, and this is a country that was founded by immigrants, and I think people should be proud of this country, that it is the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Lee said in the video.
Filippinians in the States also fought back in court.
A federal judge ruled in 2012 that the law violated the constitution and was unconstitutional, while a federal appeals court in June dismissed a lawsuit from a California mother.
The US has had no such court ruling in the case of Lee, and a federal judge in January said the case was ripe for appeal.
“The court has no choice but to rule on the merits of this case,” said Judge William Alsup, according to the New York Times.
Lee is currently seeking to have her surgery performed by a doctor in Texas.