False Hopes

So-called sex selection drugs may be a factor in 1 out of 5 stillbirths in India’s Haryana state, where pregnant women who want a boy pay $3 to $50 for the useless and illegal concoctions.
 
Haryana’s cultural bias in favor of boys is strong. Sex-selective abortion and female feticide have resulted in a lopsided sex ratio; in the most recent census, among children under 6, there were 830 girls for every 1,000 boys.
 
Aiming to raise the ratio, officials have cracked down on those who sell sex-selection drugs and enable feticide. Trying to change how people think about girls would be a lost cause, they say.
Source: The Guardian

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