May 25, 2024


Responding to its increasingly skewed sex ratio, the Chinese government is drafting laws to punish parents and doctors involved in aborting females. Recently releases figures show that the eastern city of Lianyungang has the most distorted sex ratio in the country: 163.5 boys under four years of age for every 100 girls. The official Xinhua news agency says that 99 cities have gender rations higher than 125. The United Nations recommends a gender ratio of no more than 107. A Chinese official has said that his country faces the “most serious gender imbalance in the world”.