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An historical overview of infanticide in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Van der Westhuizen, Carina
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-18T11:09:02Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-18T11:09:02Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Van der Westhuizen, C. 2009, 'An historical overview of infanticide in South Africa', Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 174-192. en
dc.identifier.issn 1021-545X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3936
dc.description Journal article en
dc.description.abstract Infanticide is the practice of intentionally killing an infant of a given species by the parents themselves or with their consent. Infanticide used to be practiced for various reasons such as the fact that a baby was born out of wedlock, for economic reasons (for example population control), for sex selection or ridding society of potentially burdensome deformed members. Silverman remarks that infanticide is the oldest method of family planning. It was a more popular method of population control than abortion - it was safer for the mother and the gender of the baby was known. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Infanticide
dc.subject Infant killing
dc.title An historical overview of infanticide in South Africa en
dc.type Article en


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