The gender imbalance has increased significantly among Indian immigrants who already have had 2 girls and one abortion prior to the birth of their third child, reveals the Ontario focused study.
A new research reveals an unusually high proportion of male babies are being born to Indian-born women in Canada, who already have two or more children, thus making the sex ratios skew toward boys. This trend has been apparent throughout Canada for almost 2 decade period now.
Researchers looked at the data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Citizenship and Immigration Canada permanent resident database. The lead author said the previous papers on the subject looked only at sex ratios and many inferred this is due to abortions. Figures show that in the previous decade prior 2011, women born in India who already had two children gave birth to 138 baby boys in Canada for every 100 girls, a distinct gender imbalance.
One project coordinator with the Indo Canadian Women’s Association in Edmonton said NRI families she has worked with are usually fine with a first child being a girl, but there is often great pressure for a second child to be a boy.
The study appears in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).