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Nepali Catholics and Protestants against selective abortions
Sex-based abortions are up because of the country's economic crisis and political chaos. Foreign NGOs are pushing women from poor families to choose abortion and voluntary sterilisation. In a few years, the fertility rate dropped from 4.1 to 3.3.
Three million girls "missing" as a result of selective abortions and infanticide
The 2011 figures are from a study released by India's Central Statistical Organisation. Tomorrow, the world marks International Day of the Girl. "Government, civil society and families should work closely together" against patriarchal gender bias, says doctor member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Maharashtra wants selective abortion to be treated as murder.
Government to sanction 100 doctors for performing selective abortion and female foeticide
India's Health Ministry and Medical Council reveal the nation-wide problem. "Choosing the sex [of newborns] is an expression of the lack of respect for women, and one of the causes of rising crimes against them," a member of the Pontifical Academy of Life says.
Moratorium on abortion: ethnic minorities in Nepal at risk of extinction
Members of some Nepalese ethnic minorities are appealing to the government for a moratorium on abortion as the only guarantee for the protection of their lives and human rights.
Catholic Church against gender discrimination in India
In India every seven minutes a woman dies from pregnancy-related complications. Millions of female foeticides are executed every year. Mgr Fernandes urges concrete steps taken against all forms of gender discrimination.
Pollution causes many birth defects in China
Heart disease, cleft palate, hydrocephalus are the most widespread birth defects, the leading cause of infant death. In the most polluted areas, like Shanxi, pollution also produces spontaneous abortions. China is the most polluted country in the world.
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