Sex-Selective Abortions Will Make Armenia 'A Society of Single Men'

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A man and his son sell cucumbers in the vicinity of the Metzamor nuclear power station, outside Yerevan, Armenia, September 26, 2010. Getty

Sex-selective abortions in Armenia will cause an imbalance of gender in the country's population and a future society of single men, according to reports.

In the former Soviet republic nation, baby boys are preferable to baby girls and women are often pressured to have abortions if they discover their fetus is female — with daughters only desired once a family has already welcomed sons.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) now says that due to sex-discriminatory abortions, Armenia will become "a society of single men," AFP reports.

"In 10 to 20 years, we will face a shortage of women and—combined with a dramatic decline in fertility rates—that will lead to a serious demographic crisis," Garik Hayrapetyan, the UNFPA's assistant representative for Armenia, said.

"By 2060, some 100,000 potential mothers will not have been born in Armenia. We will become a society of single men."

According to AFP, the UNFPA reported that there were 114 boys born to 100 girls in 2012. The natural ratio for the country would be 102-106 male births to 100 female ones.