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Young Fathers Prefer Boy Babies to Girl Babies

Boy or Girl? What's Your Choice?

While many have said recent trends in gender selection are limited to Asian or Indian influences, the fears that newer gender identification technologies may lead to gender-selective abortions may not be limited to minority cultures.

A recent Gallup poll showed that young American men in the age range most likely to be current fathers, would prefer a boy baby to a girl baby if they could only have one. By a 40% to 28% margin in a fact, with the remainder saying no preference. This is hugely significant given the recent news about blood tests now available to determine the fetal gender at a much earlier age than ever before.

“The degree to which Americans deliberately attempt to select the gender of their children is unclear. It is significant that 18- to 29-year-old Americans are the most likely of any age group to express a preference for a boy because most babies are born to younger adults.”

Given that the worldwide trends are already shifting towards more men than women in the coming generation, will the marked preferences of American men, combined with the early blood tests now available, lead to a disproportionate gender ratio in America as well?

Do you think that newer technologies, combined with the apparent preference of American men, will lead to a gender imbalance in the United States? Have you noticed strong gender preferences in your friends and family?

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