By Helen Cross, Editor of MCFL News
The government of India has ordered Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft to block sex-selection abortion ads. This comes in response to the growing practice of aborting girls in favor of having primarily male children.
Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute notes that the Indian gendercide is particularly acute in the middle class. Among members of this class, 800 girls are born annually for every 1,000 boys. “The lowest recorded number of girls is found in some high-caste urban areas of Punjab, where only 300 girls per 1,000 boys survive gestation,” Mosher said.
In the Indian population as a whole, the imbalance appears less severe, but is increasing. The BBC reports, “In 1961, there were 976 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of seven. According to the latest census figures released in 2011, that figure had dropped to 914.”
The ad-blocking directive comes as part of a government policy to change the prejudice against baby girls in Indian culture.
Every abortion, whether boy or girl, is a tragedy, but in many places it is girls who suffer the brunt of it.