A framework for analyzing sex-selective abortion: the example of changing sex ratios in southern caucasus

Abstract : The paper proposes a socioeconomic framework of supply, demand, and regulation to explain the development of sex-selective abortion in several parts of the world. The framework is then applied to three countries of southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) where sex-selective abortion has developed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The authors argue that sex-selective abortion cannot be explained simply by patriarchal social systems, sex discrimination, or son preference. The emphasis is put on the long-term acceptability of abortion in the region, on acceptability of sex-screening by both the medical establishment and by the population, on newly imported techniques of sex-screening, and on the changing demand for children associated with the major economic and social changes that followed the dismantle-ment of the Soviet Union.
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International Journal of Women's Health, dove press, 2014, 6, pp.889-897. 〈10.2147/IJWH.S66333〉
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Sophie Hohmann, Cécile Lefèvre, Michel Garenne. A framework for analyzing sex-selective abortion: the example of changing sex ratios in southern caucasus. International Journal of Women's Health, dove press, 2014, 6, pp.889-897. 〈10.2147/IJWH.S66333〉. 〈hal-01411335〉

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