Friday, August 24, 2007

New Law to Prohibit Sex Selection Abortion

A series of legislation regarding the one-child policy is on the agenda of the State Council, to deal with the “distance between people’s wish to have children and the stipulations of law” and possible rebound of China’s low birth rate, Legal Daily reported.

One of these planned new laws will prohibit determining fetal sex unless medically necessary as well as abortion based on gender selection.

Experts have warned that the sex ratio of Chinese population is becoming increasingly out of balance, with more boys being born than girls. It is estimated that by 2020, 30 million Chinese men aged 20 to 49, roughly one tenth of this demographic group, will find themselves unable to get married because of shortage of women. Such situation might trigger more crimes such as prostitution and human traffic, some experts said.

New legislation

Unbalanced sex-ratio

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