China seeks to control sex ratio of newborns
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.