The study found that, from 1990 to 2005, the “sex ratio” of first-born female children in India did not change significantly nor differ from what was biologically expected. (In 1990, it was 943 girls per 1,000 boys, and in 2005 it was 966). However, in families whose first-born was a girl, the incidence of the second-born being a girl fell almost steadily over that period, from 906 per 1,000 boys in 1990 to 836 in 2005.
During the period, the trend increased among families in which the mother had 10 or more years of education but did not change in families in which the mother had no education. The sex ratio fell especially sharply in the richest 20 percent of households, Jha and his colleagues found. The findings were the same in both Hindu and Muslim households.
The most extreme decline in the probability of having a girl occurred in families in which the first two children were girls. In that case, the ratio of girls to boys in the third-born child was 768 to 1,000 in 2006. This came at a time when the average family size in India was 2.6 children — a huge reduction from earlier generations.
The Phoenix FOX News affiliate has the story of a woman whose child had been growing in her abdomen, outside of her uterus.
Nicollette Soto's son weighs just 2 pounds, 14 ounces. She had what's called a cornual pregnancy, and doctors are amazed he survived.
He was born at 9:20 a.m.
Doctors say they noticed that the baby was developing outside the uterus at 20 weeks. They offered to operate because of the complications involved, but Soto declined.
A woman in Illinois named Marisol Molina pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after taking "at least 10 abortion pills before having a baby, then tying the still living infant in a plastic bag and leaving her in a closet 'as if it were garbage.'"
Molina, who was seven to nine months pregnant, wrapped the baby in a robe and tied her in a plastic bag on Feb. 18, 2010, before hiding her in a closet in her home in the 6100 block of North Sheridan Road— where the baby was discovered dead a day later, said Kevin DeBoni, an assistant Cook County state’s attorney.
In Massachusetts, a woman was sentenced to two years in jail for killing an unborn child while beating another woman in a hair salon.
Authorities said Woodhouse kicked and punched the other woman during an argument as other people in the salon screamed at her to stop.
The fetus was delivered by emergency Cesarean section, but did not survive. The medical examiner determined that the fetus died because the placenta became detached from the uterus.