Too Few Women Could Lead to Big Trouble in China - Page 2
Nowadays, ultrasounds are the culprit. Many women, still hooked on the idea of having a son or feeling pressure from family members to have a son, will have a sex-selective abortion. While India, China and South Korea—all countries mentioned in the study—have laws against sex-selective abortion, they are not well-enforced.
Analysts are very concerned about population growth in the future, as well as crime levels, but I don’t see how this trend is going to stop when China in particular has two things working against it: a ban on the number of children allowed per family, coupled with the cultural pressure to bear sons. Families want sons to carry on the name and sometimes, family businesses or other legacies. It is well known that girls are often left at orphanages, which are rumored to be overflowing with female babies and small girls. On the other hand, if they are so pressed to contain the population due to concerns about maintaining the population, maybe this will help and eventually correct itself; with fewer couples, there are bound to be fewer babies.
Will China rescind its baby ban? Will cultural pressures ease? Only time will tell.