Aborting unborn girls on account of their gender has been a documented trend in certain Asian countries for at least two decades. Now, according to an Italian biologist and author, the practice is also growing in the West.
Women and couples who emigrate from cultures where male children are deemed more prestigious and economically valuable often bring those same values to their new country.
In 1990, Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen calculated at 100 million the number of women who, by the laws of nature, should be part of the world population but are not. The “missing women” in question have been the victims of infanticide, intentional neglect of health and nutrition, and more recently, abortion on the basis of sex.
The “sex ratio” of first-born children appeared to occur at the natural rate of about 105 males to 100 females, similar to the Italian population and other nationalities.
But when it came to second and third children, figures showed that the number of boys increased markedly -- with the disproportion as high as 119 to 100 -- indicating that parents had probably aborted female fetuses.