Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gender Selection in South Korea.

First, abortion seems to be quite popular in South Korea with the result that there were 113 boys born for every 100 girls. Most of the statistics on these ratios seem to date back to the late 1990's, so I haven't been able to track the original source. In places like China and India, this practice will cause an imbalance of men that amounts to 10's of millions of males who will never find a mate.

I will avoid quoting directly and only paraphrase, given rumors of AP fury at being quoted. What is interesting is that the court is now allowing doctors to report their estimate of the babies gender using ultrasound. The reason for the change is that they claim that gender selection of babies is no longer a problem. The data to back up that decision would be really interesting at this point.

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