About 3.9 million females under 60 are “missing” each year in developing nations due to selective abortion in favor of males, lack of medical care and violence.[i] The World Bank estimates about 1.4 million girls are missing due to “gendercide” abortions, mostly in China and India.[ii] By the year 2020, China will have 30 to 40 million more males than females under age 20. Normally around 105 boys are born for every 100 girl babies. In India, where millions of baby girls are aborted every year, the result is 914 girls per 1,000 boys. It’s been illegal to reveal the gender of a fetus since 1994, but clearly parents find out. Parents with money use ultrasound technology to learn gender of the fetus and then abort girls. Some without money for this technology purposefully neglect the baby girl and she dies. Poorer parents resort to letting the girl baby’s umbilical cord get infected so she dies or abandon her—the Indian government set up safe drop spots for these babies as you can see in photos.[iii]
[ii] “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report,” Gates and Clinton Foundations, March 2015, p. 14.