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In countries such as China and India, the practice of infanticide continued into the 20th century. However, the 1970s saw a dramatic drop in the girl-to-boy ratio in India, when abortion was legalized and ultrasound technology enabled families to determine the sex of their child by the fourth month of pregnancy. By 2005 the ratio slipped to 814 girls for every 1,000 boys, as opposed to the natural rate of 952 girls for every 1,000 boys.
According to the British medical journal Lancet, approximately 50 million girl fetuses have been victims of feticide in China. In India the number is estimated at 43 million.² Approximately seven million more are credited to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and South Korea. Because China and India account for 40% of the world’s population, an imbalance in these two countries alone has a profound impact on global population statistics.³ According to a December 2007 UNICEF report, India is "missing" 7,000 girls per day, or 2.5 million
==Case Study: India&sup4;==