China seeks to con­trol sex ra­tio of new­borns

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties have launched a new cam­paign to crack down on gen­der ex­ams and il­le­gal abor­tions as part of an ef­fort to re-bal­ance gen­der in­equal­ity in China.

Lat­est statis­tics sug­gest the reg­is­tered birth ra­tio be­tween girls and boys is 100 to 115, well above the world-wide ra­tio, which is around 102 boys for ev­ery 100 girls born.

Li Bin with the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said pre-knowl­edge of the sex of a child is one of the main rea­sons be­hind the dis­pro­por­tion­ate ra­tio.

“Driven by both mar­ket de­mand and po­ten­tial high prof­its, the num­ber of cross­re­gional cases has been on the rise. It even gen­er­ated an il­le­gal in­dus­try chain in some ar­eas,” he said.

Cur­rent rules al­low gen­derde­ter­mi­na­tion only for med­i­cal rea­sons.

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