August 10, 2002


Killing Of Unwanted Baby Girls Continues In India (T.C. Malhotra, August 08, 2002,
The killing of baby girls in India is continuing, both inside and outside the womb, despite new legislation banning the use of ultrasound tests to determine
the sex of unborn children.

The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test Act also outlaws attempts to conceal a birth by disposing of a baby's body secretly.

But recent reports suggest the law is being widely violated in villages and urban areas around the country.

It's estimated that up to five million baby girls are aborted every year in India, a society where males are held in higher esteem for cultural and economic reasons.

Sex-determination tests were banned in the country in 1994, but they continue to be performed and are blamed for a dramatic drop in the male-female birth ratio.

A March 2001 census reported that India had 933 women for every 1,000 men, down from 972 women per 1,000 men a decade ago. [...]

The world average sex ratio is roughly 990 women for every 1,000 men, while in some Western regions there are around 1,060 women to every 1000 men.

This trend of pre-determining the sex of a child, which overwhelmingly means choosing to have a male child, should accelerate rapidly as bio-engineering becomes the norm. One has to wonder, in forty or fifty years, when even modern democratic societies have returned to being completely male dominated and there are shortages of women, will abortion on demand still seem like such a good deal? Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2002 5:51 AM
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