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China breaks up gang offering sex-selective abortions

Published on Jan 19, 2014 11:25 AM
 
A baby stroller at a public area in downtown Shanghai on Nov 19, 2013. China has broken up a gang that offered illegal services to determine the sex of unborn children so that women could abort those they did not want, the country's health ministry said on Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has broken up a gang that offered illegal services to determine the sex of unborn children so that women could abort those they did not want, the country's health ministry said on Sunday.

Three decades of strict family planning have bolstered a traditional bias for male offspring, seen as the main support of elderly parents and heirs to the family name, and have resulted in abortions, killings or abandonment of girls and trafficking of both male and female children.

The health ministry said the crackdown netted 10 people who had since 2010 operated a service sending women from all over the country to a clinic in the central city of Zhengzhou to find out the sex of their unborn child.

Last year alone, more than 1,000 women used the service, it said, although it did not say how many abortions resulted.

 
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