» 07/10/2008, 00.00
Skewed birth ratios raise fears of social crisis in Vietnam
In the last few years baby boys have outnumbered baby girls. Foetal selection and the traditional preference for boys are causing profound transformations. In the future the sex ratio at birth might be 123 to 100 in favour of males.
Indian Supreme Court calls for special incentives for families who give birth to baby girls
The country's highest court calls for an end to the scourge of selective abortion and female foeticide, product of a patriarchal mind-set. Judges want stronger policies to stop the declining female birth rate. In some states, the sex ratio can be as low as 800-900 baby girls per 1,000 baby boys.
Beijing using violence to enforce its one child policy
More and more people complain that public officials are persecuting those who have "illegal" children. The government celebrates good results, but experts are critical of official figures, which are said to underestimate the real situation.
Gujarat: forced to abort by her husband six times, they were all female fetuses
The husband and his family were "dissatisfied". The woman, 36, has denounced them and the doctors. A network of clandestine clinics uncovered, the government has already withdrawn the licenses of two gynecologists. Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life: "The female sex-selective abortions are altering the Indian population."
Stop female foeticide, reject abortion, says Mgr Gracias
The auxiliary bishop of Mumbai speaks about a case in Beed District (Maharashtra), where police discovered aborted female foetuses, including one in the eighth month of pregnancy. Similar cases have been reported across the state. Now police is investigating hundreds of women and targeting shady clinics.
Chinese women oppose one-child-policy, want more children
Official sources indicate that seven women in ten would like to have two or more children. China’s one-child policy is increasingly viewed as impacting negatively on families and even children. The authorities continue however to insist that it is necessary.
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