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The Lost Girls of China and India

Why so many baby girls are being killed in the world's two largest countries.

Across most cultures and throughout time, parents have wanted boys more than they have wanted girls. Recently developed technologies are allowing parents to reject their girl children before they are even born.

In India and China, the world's two most populated nations, parents have chosen to abort hundreds of millions of baby girls.

According to Samanth Subramanian, writing for The National, "Indians are aborting more female foetuses (sic.) than at any time in their nation's history, with the practice growing fastest in the more affluent states …. There are now 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of 6."

Furthermore, the BBC News reports that in India, "activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade." In addition to a large number of abortions using so-called "sex-selection," the infant mortality rate is higher for girls than boys in India, probably due to a combination of neglect and infanticide.

This gender disparity has posed social ...

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