Scientists predict 4.7 million missing female births due to prenatal sex selection. Some societies prefer male children over female or intersex children.
A new study predicts that there will be an additional 4.7 million missing female births globally by 2030 and 22 million by 2100.
Prenatal sex selection is usually performed through abortion after scanning the sex of the fetus. The United Nations notes the sex selection before birth is a harmful practice.
Now a new report published in 2020 by the United Nations Population Fund concludes:
“The preference for sons over daughters may be so pronounced in some societies that couples will go to great lengths to avoid giving birth to a girl or will fail to care for the health and well-being of a daughter they already have in favor of their son.”
Previous research evaluated 45 million “missing” female births between 1970 and 2017 due to prenatal sex selection.
Now, a new study by the same group of experts predicts that there will be an additional 4.7 million missing female births by 2030 in 12 countries. These countries are known to have skewed sex ratios at birth.
According to the past data, the uneven sex ratio at birth and the higher ratio of males to females will drop in countries like China and India, in the coming years.
The study also predicts that there will be a fall in excess male births over the next 20 years and the total shortfall in female births could be 5.7 million.