Saturday, 18 February 2012
The Council of Europe has revealed that sex-selective abortion is widely practiced in Albania and the result is a growing gulf between the numbers of boys and the number of girls. Recent statistics show that for every 100 Albanian girls 112 boys are born. In natural demographic growth, the number of girls usually slightly exceeds the number of boys.

The Council of Europe warns that sex-selection, once associated mainly with Asian countries, has become popular in Europe, particularly in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

“Traditionally Albanian families have favoured boys over girls for two main reasons: the inheritance of the family name and the prospect of boys growing up to become breadwinners,” a 2005 report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said.

Abortion in Albania was legalized in 1995 after the fall of the communist government. It is now available on demand up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

The European news service Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso quotes Rubena Moisiu, the chief physician at the Kico Gliozheni abortion facility in Tirana, “There are no accurate statistics, but based on our surveys made in the largest gynaecological clinic in the country, in 2010 alone there were 470 abortions, the main causes of which were economic reasons, deformities and the sex of the foetus.”


Anonymous said...

It's not just those European countries mentioned. The Mediterranean, except France in which parents prefer both sons and daughters, and other Eastern European nations as well. Even the Irish prefer sons over daughters. In the natural demographic, boys usually exceed the number of girls than vice versa.

Anonymous said...

"The Irish prefer sons over daughters" - Are you Irish? Do you have any evidence of this? As an Irish guy who has spent his whole life in Ireland I can tell you this is 100% made up bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Ireland is positively matriarchal. The woman is usually the effective head of the house, even if she pretends otherwise...



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