Disturbing developments on the gender selection front are evident in recent U.S. census data. The numbers show a preference for male children among immigrants from India, China and Korea.
A report in today's New York Times said:
"In those families, if the first child was a girl, it was more likely that a second child would be a boy, according to recent studies of census data. If the first two children were girls, it was even more likely that a third child would be male."
Those numbers aren't naturally skewed. Experts say the deviation in gender has to do with a reliance on in vitro fertilization, sperm sorting and abortion to ensure a male heir who will care for parents in their old age -- as is the custom in the immigrants' native lands.
"Dr. Lisa Eng, a Hong Kong-born gynecologist who practices in Chinatown and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, said she tried to discourage couples who prefer boys from having abortions.
"But, she said, 'If it’s going to be a third, they’re pretty determined to have a boy. If it’s a boy, they keep it. If it’s a girl, they’ll abort,'" the New York Times reported.
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