By Jonathan Abbomonte
Population Research Institute
Many women today living in immigrant communities in the United States face discrimination, mistreatment, or resentment from family members if they fail to bear a son. Disproportionately girls are being targeted for abortion in some parts of these communities. The choice to abort is a coerced one, more often than not one pushed by husbands or female in-laws.
The pressure is so strong that some women are being forced to abort their daughters against their will.
Other women are looked-down upon or nagged by in-laws until they have a son. Still others have willfully sought to abort their daughters simply because the baby was a girl and not a boy.
Anjali (her real name has never been disclosed for privacy reasons), an Indian-American immigrant, was physically abused when she chose to keep her daughter. When she told her husband about her desire to keep the baby, he became very angry and pushed her through a wall. “He said he hoped the baby died,” she recalled.
Tragically, Anjali’s story is not an isolated incident.
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