(Gènéthique, May 22, 2014) Between June 2012 and January 2013 a survey was conducted in Armenia concerning sex-selective abortion and the reasons for it. Since it has become a common practice in recent years, the Minister of Health is preparing draft legislation to forbid elective abortion on account of the child’s sex.
The topic of the imbalance of births in Eastern Europe had already been the subject of a study by the Institut National Études Démographiques [French National Institute for Demographic Studies] last December. The Armenian survey confirms this trend: in 2012 there were 100 girls born for every 114 boys, whereas the normal ratio is around 102 girls born for every 106 boys.
The Director of the Department for Maternal and Reproductive Health within the Ministry of Health in Armenia opined that “We cannot blame anyone for wanting a male child, but that must not be accomplished through the elimination of healthy girls.”
Gènéthique is an online review of bioethics news published by in French the Fondation Jérôme Lejeune.
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