England Experiences Sex-Selection Abortion Problems Among Indian Women

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 3, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 3,

London, England (LifeNews.com) — A researcher at Oxford University has discovered that the problem of sex-selection abortion isn’t confined to Asian nations such as India. Women from India who have moved to the United Kingdom are engaging in the grisly practice there and nearly 1,500 girl babies are "missing" as a result.

Dr. Sylvie Dubuc, an Oxford statistician, indicates that sex-selection abortions have resulted in the deaths of 1,500 girl babies who would have been born to Indian women living in England since 1990.

Dubuc found that the number of boys born in the Indian community there has become unnaturally skewed over time compared with the birth of girl babies.

The BBC examined Dubuc’s data and found his analysis on target.

The British news service spoke with one British woman from India who already had three daughters. When she became pregnant again, doctors in England wouldn’t divulge the sex of her baby without a medical reason.

The anonymous woman traveled to India where she relied on the services of black market ultrasound technology and found out she was pregnant with a girl baby.

"Unfortunately it was another girl," she told the BBC. "My husband and I thought the burden would probably be too much and the pressure when I got back home. So we decided to terminate."

It is impossible to know how many Indian women living in England are traveling back to their native country for sex-selection abortions, but the number appears to be significant given Dubuc’s research.

Though the sex-selection abortions occur in India, the myriad of social problems that are associated with skewing the gender ratio will plague England.