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Ban on sex testing to help balance girl-boy ratio

(Global Times)

13:44, May 25, 2012

Wang Xia, head of the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), Thursday said authorities will crack down further on illegal prenatal gender tests and selective abortions, which are believed to be the primary causes of the gender imbalance plaguing most Chinese provinces.

Authorities have investigated 15,000 cases and punished 13,000 people for violating family planning laws since the launch of a campaign in 2011, Wang said.

The government aims to bring China's gender ratio below 115 newborn males for every 100 females by 2015. In 2008 the girl-boy ratio reached a record level of 120.56.

The target for mid decade will not be easy to reach, said Wang.

Wang noted that China's gender imbalance is serious in terms of its persistence, severity and widespread reach.

The bias against females in economic, social and cultural fields is still the root cause of the current gender imbalance, Wang said.

A natural gender ratio at birth is somewhere between 103 and 107 boys to every 100 girls.

The gender imbalance began to soar in the 1980s, when ultrasound exams became widely available and reached its peak in 2008. The gender ratio stood at 117.78 in 2011.

Xinhua - Global Times

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