Gender selection through the abortion and infanticide of baby girls has become epidemic in Asia leading to a gross population imbalance. The news follows from a recent United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population Report that suggests far reaching consequences for years to come.
The normal sex ratio at birth (SRB) is between 103 and 105 males per 100 females but in South Korea it is 115 and in China the gender ratio is 118.
In India, where the child sex ratio is calculated as the number of girls per 1,000 boys in the 0-6 years age group, the problem is severe. The 2001 Census shows there are only 927 girls per 1,000 boys, representing a sharp decline from 1961 when that number was 976. In certain parts of the country there are now fewer than 800 girls for every 1,000 boysThe female death toll do to gender selection is estimated in the range of 60 million and some nations are taking action to end the injustice. The problem seems obvious when it is so exaggerated and profound. Yet, closer to home, the rejection of the intrinsic value of each human has led to similar practices in the form of both gender selection and pre-birth genetic screening.
HT: Wesley Smith who writes more on the subject.
Update: I've updated the title original title, which was an overstatement.