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Indians Bringing Gender Selection Attitudes To US?

In Education, Human Rights, India, Legal, Women's Issues on June 16, 2009 at 10:09 am
Postal Stamp marking Jan 24 as National Girl Child Day In India.

Postal Stamp marking Jan 24 as National Girl Child Day In India.

The New York Times reports on a study by Columbia University’s Prof. Lena Edmund and Prof. Douglas Almond: Among Indian, Chinese and Korean descent families “if the first child was a girl, it was more likely that a second child would be a boy, according to recent studies of census data. If the first two children were girls, it was even more likely that a third child would be male. Demographers say the statistical deviation among Asian-American families is significant, and they believe it reflects not only a preference for male children, but a growing tendency for these families to embrace sex-selection techniques, like in vitro fertilization and sperm sorting, or abortion.”

The Indian Government outlawed sex determination sonograms in 1994. But female foeticide continues to plague India. January 24th was declared ‘National Girl Child Day’ this year, and will be followed by a massive national campaign against female foeticide and gender equality.

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