Selective abortion short-sighted

SELECTIVE abortion of girls is rising in India, driving a widening imbalance in the gender of young children, researchers warn.

After analysing census and other population data from 1990 to 2011, the researchers found the abortion of females frequently occurred after a firstborn girl.

“At 2010 birth rates and child mortality rates, every 1% drop in the child sex ratio at ages zero to six years implies about 1.2–3.6 million additional selective abortions,” the researchers said.

“Overall, there were between 4.2 million and 12.1 million selective abortions of girls from 1980 to 2010,” they estimated.

Lancet 2011, online 24 May