China: sex-selective abortion

Chinese Law professor blog reports that on June 29th, the National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a number of amendments to the Criminal Law, effective immediately. Sex-selective abortion has not been criminalized. The existing ratio of male and female birth rate is 1.19 : 1 indicating that sex-selective abortion has been rather serious. However, representatives from the national congress stressed that gender inequality culture and tradition could not be dealed with by criminal law (Xinhua news via blog) (zh).

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