Vietnam’s Growing Gender Disparity

Vietnamese mothers are now giving birth to 11% more boys than girls — well above the international average of 4% — as Vietnam joins China and India among nations where modern medicine facilitates a preference for boys.

Population experts say the trend is alarming and will increase social instability, divorce, and human trafficking as in China, South Korea and Taiwan. 

Within four years, 115 boys are expected to be born for every 100 girls — as doctors tell expectant parents they will have a ‘bird’ or a ‘butterfly’ to get around a law preventing them from naming the gender in advance.

Vietnam has the world’s third highest rate of abortions, which cost $20; and several travel agencies help couples have baby boys in Thailand and elsewhere. 

More on Vietnam’s preference for boys


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