Fewer Koreans Abort Female Babies

  • By Choi Jong-seok

    March 02, 2021 10:57

    The proportion of baby boys out of total births fell to the lowest level ever last year, suggesting that the traditional preference for sons and attendant abortions of baby girls are on the wane.

    According to Statistics Korea on Monday, 104.9 baby boys were born for every 100 baby girls last year. That contrasts with 105.5 only a year earlier and was the first time the ratio fell below 105.

    In 1990, the ratio was still an alarming 116.5, but that has fallen to 110.1 in 2000 and 106.9 in 2010.

    In a society without preference for sons, the natural ratio appears to be something like 103 to 107, which suggests the preference for sons disappeared in Korea around 2007.

    The average life span of men is about six years shorter than that of women, and if the preference for sons disappears, the female population is expected to surpass the male population in Korea from 2029.

    Statistics Korea forecast there will be 99.9 men for every 100 women by 2029.

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