Fearing the approach of a ticking “bachelor bomb,” China is planning tougher laws against sex-selective abortions that have boosted the number of boys in recent years, state media said Saturday.
The State Council, or cabinet, is drafting special regulations that specify punishments for parents and doctors who abort foetuses after discovering they are female, the Xinhua news agency reported. Abortions motivated merely by gender are already illegal in China, but existing laws do not describe the applicable punishment for such acts, according to Xinhua. It gave no timetable for the new rules. [Full Text]
[Image: Two mothers playing with their children, from AFP.]