Sex-selection abortions still legal in China – Mail and Guardian Online

From Mail and Guardian Online:

Abortions based on gender selection will remain legal in China after lawmakers could not agree on a planned law to criminalise the practice, state press reported on Monday.

The planned amendment to the criminal law would have allowed jail sentences of up to three years for people involved in abortions based on the sex of the foetus, the China Daily reported.

As a result there are 119 boys born for every 100 girls in China, much higher than a global ratio of 103-107 boys for 100 girls, and the trend is expected to continue over the next 20 years, a government study said last week. [Full Text]

See also China scraps move to criminalize gender selection by Reuters.

June 26, 2006, 7:01 AM
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