Missing girls: sex – selective abortions in Armenia though sociological lenses

Gayane Harutyunyan

During human history, physical existence of the nation was always related to various risks regarding the amount of population. These risks have two faces: either small or a big number of population, however, the solution was always the one to control the population birth and “construct” society with optional characteristics from the quantitative and qualitative point of view. In order to keep optional existence, different cultures developed various methods for population control and one of them is abortion. According to the needs of the society, some cultures give preference to one of the sexes, and usually, that are male children who are given the right to live, that is what we nowadays call sex-selective abortions: the practice of terminating the pregnancy because of the child’s sex.


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