What’s Current: Sex-selective abortion in India may lead to 6.8 million fewer girls being born by 2030

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  • A recent study estimates 6.8 million fewer female births will be recorded across India by 2030 due to the use of sex-selective abortions.
  • A Turkish man was released from prison after only one week for the abduction and rape of an 18-year-old woman who later committed suicide. Women’s rights campaigners have been organizing in recent months to call attention to the nation’s high rate of femicide and leniency towards violence against women.
  • Reproductive abuse has escalated in Russia during the pandemic. In some instances, mothers are separated from their newborns until they test negative for COVID-19 under threat of police intervention. In addition, a number of hospitals imposed a de facto abortion ban by declaring the procedure a non-essential treatment.
  • Women political prisoners in Iran are in danger of being assassinated by state-hired criminals placed in their prisons, according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
  • Women’s rights activists in Singapore condemn the nation’s lax sentencing for sexual assault and abuse. In the most recent incident, a man who attempted to strangle his girlfriend served only 12 days in jail.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.