Gendercide causes an increase in the number of child brides, and that causes an increase in the number of maternal deaths.
You might think that when bachelors compete for a limited number of available brides, women’s power and prestige increases. In fact, just the opposite occurs. Because women are scarce, bachelors turn to ever younger girls as brides. Young girls are married off to much older men, sometimes before they reach puberty. Once married, these girls have no time for education or paid work. Their older husbands and in-laws, eager for heirs, press them into childbearing as soon as possible. These girls give birth before their bodies are ready, resulting in high rates of maternal death and injury. Maternal death rates are five times higher for mothers under age 15 than for mothers aged 20 -24 (United Nations Foundation, Girl Up campaign). The story below brings home these facts in a starkly compelling way. Read article...by Sara C. Nelson from The Huffington Post