Howard French: Chinese crack down on illegal abortions

From the International Herald Tribune:

China The warning hanging above a main street could not have been blunter, its big white characters set off against a bright red banner promising to “firmly crack down on the criminal activity of drowning and other ways of brutally killing female babies.”

Just across the way, in equally large letters, the advertisement above a medical clinic touted ultrasound tests, which have long been used in China to detect the sex of babies as a prelude to aborting female fetuses. Try as one may to find one, though, hardly a doctor here acknowledges engaging in the practice of gender detection.


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