Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2016 / 15:38 pm
The problem of sex-selective abortion is not limited to China and India, but is increasing in communities within Western countries, a new report by the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute says.
“I think for a long time we’ve been denying that sex-selective abortion happens in the United States,” said Anna Higgins, J.D., associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
However, she told CNA, “it does happen here.”
Countries like China, with its miserable human rights record, are notorious for sex-selective abortions because of the country’s long-time forced one-child family policy, now a two-child policy. Human rights activists have termed the situation “gendercide” because so many families choose only to have a boy to carry on the family name.
The practice has led to demographic disaster, with 33 million more men than women in the country, according to human rights activists.
Yet sex-selective abortion happens not just in China and India, but within Western countries as well, Higgins argues. In certain immigrant communities in the U.S. – including some Indian-American, Korean-American, and Chinese-American communities – the ratio of baby boys to baby girls can actually be much higher than China’s.
The normal ratio for boys to girls is 103 to 106 per 100, Higgins noted. The ratio is so consistent, she added, that “any kind of skewed sex ratio at birth cannot be explained away by natural variations.” If the ratio is any higher than this, sex-selection is probably the culprit. In China 116 boys are born for every 100 girls.
Areas like the Caucasus region at the border of Europe and Asia are experiencing similar demographic disparities. “There are 160 million missing girls across the globe because of sex-selective abortion, Higgins said. “It’s affecting the human society in general.”