Infanticide is the practice of killing very young children. An infant has been medically defined as a child too young to speak. Infanticide may occur in cultures in which male children are strongly favoured over female for social or economic reasons, particularly when the number children per family is restricted by either limited resources or artificial population control such as that enforced in China. However, in addition to the Chinese practice there is the very common practice in the United States and other countries whereby unborn infants are killed in the womb, even because their mother finds them to be an inconvenience.
Statistics have been reported as "Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million." "Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000."