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China prohibits identifying fetus sex for non-medical purposes
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11:16, April 13, 2009

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China strictly prohibits identifying the sex of a fetus for other than medical purposes and termination of pregnancy in the case of a female fetus, said the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) released Monday by the State Council's Information Office.

Crimes of killing or abandoning baby girls will be severely punished, the plan said.

It said that in guaranteeing children's right to health, by 2010, cases of children under five suffering serious malnutrition will drop by one-fourth from that of 2000.

Children's healthcare coverage will reach 90 percent in urban areas, and 60 percent in rural areas, and 90 percent of elementary and middle school students should pass the "National Physical Exercises Standards" test.

The plan said families are encouraged to adopt or foster orphans and disabled children and welfare centers for children will be standardized.

By 2010, every major prefecture-level city will have one welfare center for children's rearing, protection, rehabilitation and education. In cities at and above the prefecture level and key counties (districts), a batch of well-equipped sheltering centers for homeless children will be established. For children with eyesight, hearing, language or intelligence problems, special education will be provided.


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