China may be the only country with a harsh “One Child” law, but it is not the only one where sex-selective abortion has caused unnaturally high numbers of male births in proportion to female ones. According to the highly respected demographer Nicholas Eberstadt, sex-selective abortion is much, much more common than thought. Between 21 and 24 countries (depending on the data used) have a sex ratio at birth (SRB) of at least 107 males born for every 100 females, exceeding the ratio commonly held as natural, about 104 to 100.These distorted SRBs are found on almost every continent and in societies comprising a wide array of religions and cultures: Catholic Italy and El Salvador, mixed-faith Lebanon and Muslim Libya, traditionally Confucian China and South Korea, traditionally Buddhist Vietnam, diverse India. In each place, parents are ordering sex-selective abortions to have sons—even in countries that ban prenatal gender-determination technology—largely based on the calculation that sons will contribute financially to the family and better provide for them in their old age. It’s the economy, not just cultural mores, that is creating a generation of ghost girls and lost boys.It is ironic and distressing that the most immediate result of abortion, a practice often promoted by feminists for what they believe will be its positive effect on women’s lives, leads to the mass death of girls. One suspects that many of these gender-based abortions are forced on wives by husbands and relatives; it isn’t easy to hail the global triumph of feminism as abortion spreads.This horrible practice is going to come back to haunt us. With so many more young males in the world unable to find wives and alienated from family life, prostitution and human trafficking, as well as increased crime and violence, will result. Is this really the kind of world we want to build?