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Sex-selective Abortions and Infant Mortality in India: The Role of Parents’ Stated Son Preference
Authors: Marie-Claire Robitaille, and Ishita Chatterjee
Source: Journal of Development Studies, 54(1): 47-56; DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2016.1241389
Topic(s): Abortion
Family planning
Gender
Infant mortality
Sex preference
Son preference
Country: Asia
  India
Published: OCT 2016
Abstract: ? Full Article ? Figures & data ?References ? Supplemental ? Citations ?Metrics ? Reprints & Permissions Get access Abstract In India, millions of female foetuses have been aborted since the 1980s alongside an abnormally high infant girl mortality rate; this has generated a vast literature exploring the root causes of son preference. The literature is sparse, however, on how the decisions to abort or neglect girls are made. This paper examines mothers’ and fathers’ respective roles behind those decisions. Using the third National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-3) data, we show that sex-selective abortions are most commonly used if both spouses or if only the fathers prefer sons, while sex-selective neglect is used if only the mothers prefer sons.