A report from the United Nations sheds light on the devastating impact that sex-selection abortions have had on the world’s female population.
According to Medical News Today, an estimated 45 million girls are “missing” from the world today due to sex-selection abortions. Between 1970 and 2017, these girls were killed in the womb just because they were girls, and millions more are projected to be aborted in the coming decades.
Pro-life advocates have been working to stop this massive, deadly discrimination for decades. The issue is one that supposedly pro-lifers and feminists, many of whom support abortion, could find common ground on and work together to end. But the feminist movement largely ignores the problem.
Sex-selection abortion is a problem, and even the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency known for its abortion advocacy, acknowledges it.
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UNFPA recently published a study on sex-selection abortions with researchers across the world. Published in the BJM Global Health report, the study estimated an additional 4.7 million more girls will be killed in sex-selection abortions in just 12 countries by the time the decade ends.
They warned that “long-term sex imbalances in more than one-third of the world’s population” have “yet unknown social and economic impacts,” and the problem of sex-selection abortions is a “symptom of entrenched gender inequality, which harms whole societies.”
The vast majority of sex-selection abortions occur in China and India, but they are a problem in other countries as well, according to the researchers.
“While the [sex ratio at birth] is projected to decline in some countries, we also provide a more extreme scenario — that [sex ratios] inflate in other countries, such as Pakistan and Nigeria,” researcher Dr. Fengqing Chao, of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, told
Medical News Today.
Chao and the other researchers predicted a worst-case scenario of an additional 22 million missing girls across the world by 2100.
Their research was based on 3.26 billion birth records from 204 countries.
The targeting of unborn girls for abortions is causing social problems in China and India where authorities say many men cannot find wives. In China, the 2020 census found that there are 30 million unmarried men in the country and the birth ratio is 111.3 boys for every 100 girls, ANI (Asian News International) recently reported.