“The return on the investment, particularly in the rural areas, is low if you have one child and that child is a girl.
A male offspring, on the other hand, would bring his wife into the home and take care of the in-laws,” said Hekimian.
The results showed the baby would be a girl, and thus she made the difficult choice to end her pregnancy. Narine would develop depression; a sense of guilt and bouts of crying would haunt her for weeks.
Narine’s story is in no way unique in the former Soviet state, where in the days of communism, abortion was the national and primary method of birth control. For generations, Armenian women have undergone abortions as a form of family planning—controlling the size of their family and, more recently, the sex of their offspring.
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