Asia: Discarding Daughters

Asia: Discarding Daughters

There are many ways to kill baby girls. Feeding them poisonous oleander berries, smothering them in their afterbirth or just not feeding them are among the ancient methods still in use in some rural parts of Asia, where baby boys have always been preferred. Nowadays technology also plays a role: fetal testing procedures, such as amniocentesis and sonograms, are employed by women in China, Korea, India and elsewhere to detect the sex of a fetus. Many mothers will abort a female. "Over the past century science has only quickened the pace of the death of the female child, from the born...

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