News in brief: July 2011
Second children born to families in India whose first child was a girl are increasingly less likely to be girls, implying selective abortion is on the increase, a study published in the Lancet has found (Lancet 2011 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60649-1).
The researchers found the sex ratio for the second child in homes where the first born was a girl fell to 836 girls for every 1000 boys in 2005, from 906 to every 1000 boys in 1990.
“The number of girls being aborted is increasing and may have reached 12 million with the lower estimate of four million over the last three decades,” said lead author Prabhat Jha at the Center for Global Health Research in Toronto, Canada.
“There were four million to 12 million selective abortions from 1980 to 2010 and just in the last decade, about three to six million, so the problem is increasing,” Professor Jha told Reuters news