Gone Girls

India Is Missing 13.5 Million from Sex-Selective Abortion

India is a country in which the ratio of boys to girls is unnaturally skewed in favor of males. A study published in The Lancet in May showed that millions of girls have been "missing" from India's population over the last thirty years.1

The normal, naturally occurring sex ratio is 103–107 boys born for every 100 girls born. A ratio of more than 107 boys for every 100 girls born does not occur naturally, indicating that some policy or practice, such as sex-selective abortion, has been put into play on a large scale. India's ratio in 2017 was 109.75 to 100.

Using the number of boys born in India in the three decades between 1987 and 2016 as a baseline, the Lancet researchers...


has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #58, Fall 2021 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo58/gone-girls


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