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January 7, 2005

China to outlaw selective abortion

Topics: International News

Good news on the abortion front, at least in China - although their reason is based upon population issues rather than moral reasons. But it's a begining albeit a small one. (Australia) Jan 7.

CHINA is to outlaw the selective abortion of female foetuses to correct an imbalance in the ratio of boys to girls that has grown since a one-child policy was introduced more than 20 years ago.

Government figures showed 119 boys were born in the world's most populous country for every 100 girls, but Beijing had set a goal of reversing the imbalance by 2010, state media reported.

China implemented the one-child policy in the early 1980s to curb its massive population - which officially hit 1.3 billion on Thursday - but the restrictions have bolstered a traditional preference for baby boys.

"The Government takes it as an urgent task to correct the gender imbalance of newborns," the official Xinhua news agency quoted Zhang Weiqing, minister in charge of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, as saying.   Continue reading ...

Posted by Hyscience at January 7, 2005 6:27 AM

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