Hayrapetyan speaks during an interview with AFP in Yerevan.
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Ani Kirakosyan says she is afraid of getting pregnant because if the ultrasound shows the fetus is a girl she will have to consider having an abortion. In ex-Soviet Armenia – where families traditionally prefer sons – women are often pressured to have sex-selective abortions to get rid of girl babies.Sex-discriminatory abortions become more prevalent with second and subsequent children, and account for around 1,400 unborn girls each year.Armenia trails only China, which ended its one-child limit a year ago, and its Caucasus neighbor, majority-Muslim Azerbaijan, where 53 percent of newborn children were boys in the first quarter of 2016, according to official figures.The UNFPA attributed Armenia's sex-discriminatory abortions to "patriarchal structures," a trend for smaller families as well as easy access to prenatal scans and abortions.
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