More than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves without spouses in 2020, state media reported on Monday, citing a study that blamed sex-specific abortions as a major factor.
The study, by the government-backed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, named the gender imbalance among newborns as the most serious demographic problem for the country’s population of 1.3 billion, the Global Times said….
Researcher Wang Guangzhou said the skewed birth ratio could lead to difficulties for men with lower incomes in finding spouses, as well as a widening age gap between partners….
The study said the key contributing factors to the phenomenon included the nation’s family-planning policy, which restricts the number of children citizens may have, as well as an insufficient social security system.
The situation influenced people to seek male offspring, who are preferred for their greater earning potential as adults and thus their ability to care for their elderly parents.
The Global Times said abductions and trafficking of women were “rampant” in areas with excess numbers of men….
Illegal marriages and forced prostitution were also problems in those areas, it said.
Authorities put the normal male-female ratio at between 103-107 males for every 100 females. But in 2005, the last year for which data were made available, there were 119 boys for every 100 girls, the newspaper said.
However, the study said that in some areas the male-female ratio was as high as 130 males for every 100 females….
Researchers said the gender imbalance problem cropped up in the late 1980s when the use of ultrasound technology became more prevalent.
This allowed women to easily determine the sex of their foetuses, leading to an increased number of sex-selective abortions.
We’ve noted here many times that abortion exploits women in numerous ways.
In China and other misogynist countries we see abortion is not only being used to kill preborn baby girls, it is leading to forced prostitution of girls and women, illegal marriages, female abductions, and sex trafficking – often from one country or continent to another.
Not surprisingly, pro-abort blogs like Feministing and RH Reality Check are ignoring this abortion-induced international crisis. The former went so far as to acknowledge National Human Trafficking Awareness Day without noting the glaring tie-in.
[Photo of baby via Aljazeera; photo of grooms and bride via The Times]