Gendercide is the systematic killing of girls. Sex-selective abortion (female feticide) is defined as “an abortion undertaken for the purpose of eliminating a child of an undesired sex.” Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen estimated that as early as 1990, approximately 100 million women were missing worldwide due to sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, and other such barbaric practices. Current estimates now put that number at as many as 200 million missing women and girls globally.
Most people may think that gendercide or sex selection only takes place in China and India, which have been known for feticide and infanticide of girls because of a cultural preference for boys over girls. But studies show that this horrific practice is happening right here in America.
U.S. Census data and national vital statistics show that indeed, sex selection is a growing problem in America, with studies showing that some Americans are employing sex-selection techniques in their family planning decisions. A review of census and birth records by Professor Jason Abrevaya of the University of Texas showed that Americans have sex-selected thousands of baby girls.
Sex-selective abortion represents the most violent form of discrimination against women, often victimizing two women at one time: mother and daughter. Many women are coerced or forced by family or cultural pressure to have sex-selective abortions, and their daughters suffer the fatal consequences.
Many countries, such as the UK, have bans on sex-selective abortion. However, even though a majority of Americans oppose sex-selective abortion, and some states have enacted their own prohibitions, abortion based on gender is not illegal at the federal level in our country.