Study shows many women seeking sex-selection abortions have been abused

By Sarah Terzo

A survey was done of South Asian immigrant women recruited from a clinic that provides sex determination tests. This clinic was located in the U.S. but catered to Asian women who wanted to find out the sex of their babies to have an abortion if the child was a girl.

It found that one third of the women cited past physical abuse and neglect related specifically to their failing to produce a male child.

Sunita Puri et al., “There Is Such a Thing As Too Many Daughters, but Not Too Many Sons: A Qualitative Study of Son Preference for Fetal Sex Selection among Indian Immigrants in the United States.” Social Science and Medicine 72, 1169 – 1170 (2011)

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.