China Rejects Ban On Sex-Selective Abortion

A committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the legislature of China, has decided not to criminalize sex-selective abortions, the state-run China Daily reported Monday.

A proposed amendment to the criminal law would have punished anyone convicted of involvement in sex-selective abortions with a three-year prison sentence. Supporters of the measure are concerned about the disproportionate number of baby boys born in China – 119 per 100 girls – while opponents argue that women have a right to know the sex of a fetus. Earlier this month, the province of Hebei closed more than 200 clinics that officials said identified and aborted female fetuses…

3 thoughts on “China Rejects Ban On Sex-Selective Abortion”

  1. And they’re doing sex selection in India, too. So two emerging nations with populations of at least a billion each are neighbors and are going to have a serious excess male population in the next couple of decades. Given our species’ traditional way of dealing with excess male population, I’m just a bit worried… particularly given that they both have nuclear weapons and the fallout could cross the Pacific Ocean.

  2. How do you tell the difference between (1) an abortion of a girl because she’s a girl and that’s not coo, or (2) a couple who will abort regardless, but knows its a girl?

    Not that China generally displays a lot of finesse in complex human-rights cases, but you can make a pretty valid slippery slope argument here. Just imagine if they tried to ban it in the States, and the uproar that would cause.

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