One third of South Asian immigrants dealt with physical abuse or neglect for not bearing a son

A study done on a group of South Asian immigrants living in the United States found that one third of them had experienced physical abuse and/or neglect for failing to conceive and give birth to a son. The sample was recruited from a clinic that did sex determination tests. It is implied that many of the women were learning the sex of their unborn children in order to have an abortion if they were female. This statistic suggests that up to 1/3 of Asian American women who abort their pregnancies because of sex selection may be abused and/or coerced.

Sunita Puri et al., “There Is Such a Thing As Too Many Daughters, but Not Too Many Sons: A Qualitative Study of Son Preference for Fetal Sex Selection among Indian Immigrants in the United States” Social Science and Medicine 72, 1169 – 1170 (2011)

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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