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Indian girls born in states with sex selection are less malnourished, finds study

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4942
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Girls born in Indian states where prenatal sex selection is common show better health in childhood than do those born in other states, research published in the Economic Journal has found.

The implication is that simply banning prenatal sex selection might not improve girls’ overall wellbeing, the authors said. Discrimination would still occur, but after birth rather than before it. They think that the better health of girls in these states was because they were born to families who really wanted them.

Sex selection has left some parts of India with a skewed sex ratio. …

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