A groundbreaking new global demographic study has found that the world is missing at least 23.1 million females who would otherwise have been born, but fell victim to sex-selective abortion.
The peer-reviewed study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on April 15th, resulted from a five-year project of combing through data from over 90 countries around the world identified as having the most complete statistical data for the period of the study, 1950 to 2017.
The authors attribute the millions of missing women to three causes. First, certain cultures have a strong preference for male children. Second, sex identification in the womb and legalized abortion have become widespread throughout the world. Third, “fertility has fallen to low levels” and resulted in a “squeezing effect” in which parents use sex selection to attain their preferred family composition and size. Click here for more.