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Sex-Selective Abortions During Past Three Decades May Explain Absence of Millions of Girls in India.
Authors: Melhado, L.
Source: International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (formerly: International Family Planning Perspectives), Sep2011, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p162-163, 2p
Topic(s): Abortion
Fertility preferences
Son preference
Country: Asia
Published: SEP 2011
Abstract: The article reports on research which was conducted to investigate abortions in India between the years of 1980 and 2010. Researchers evaluated data on more than 250,000 births from three rounds of the National Family Health Survey, which is a nationally representative survey of Indian households. They found that the sex ratio for second births among women with a firstborn daughter fell from 906 females per 1,000 males in 1990 to 836 females per 1,000 males in 2005. They also found that selective abortion of females increased substantially in India between 1980 and 2010, particularly among women whose only child was a daughter, and that this may account for a limited number of girls seen in the country.