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Gender-selective abortion in India is on the rise

The US and other Human Rights Council members should help save India's unborn girls.

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Last month the United States attended the UN Human Rights Council as a member for the first time, and not a moment too soon for girls in India.

Though female infanticide and gender-selective abortion have been on the radar of human rights groups for decades, the situation is worsening in most areas of India, says the United Nations Population Fund.

As the number of women seeking abortions worldwide has declined dramatically in the past decade, according to a new report. This is not the case in India, where the demographic imbalance of gender in India has reached epidemic proportions – due in large part to abortions.

The future of India depends on turning this around now, and the US has the power to influence this change. In most countries, there are about 105 female births for every 100 males. In India there are fewer than 93 women for every 100 men.

India outlawed gender-based abortion more than a decade ago. However, the death toll of female fetuses continues to rise. Also banned is the use of amniocentesis and sonography for sex-determination. But that hasn’t stopped what now amounts to “gendercide.” The illegal sex-selective abortion industry makes about $250 million a year in India.

“The number of girls killed over the past 20 years is going to change our society,” said Puneet Bedi, an antifeticide activist. These atrocities have left India without 10 million girls. “We are all going to pay the price,” Dr. Bedi added.

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