Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Sex-selective abortion ban planned

Women would be prohibited from having abortions based on whether they want a boy or a girl

Women would be prohibited from having abortions based on whether they want a boy or a girl under legislation proposed by a Utah politician.

State senator Margaret Dayton told the Deseret News she also is considering preventing women from getting abortions based on the race of a baby.

Planned Parenthood of Utah executive director Karrie Galloway opposes the Orem Republican's proposed "Gender Selection Abortion Prohibition" bill.

She said she views the bill as a "solution looking for a problem" because she is unaware of any abuse concerning such abortions.

The selective abortion of female foetuses is most common in countries where cultural norms value male children over female children, including parts of China, India and Pakistan.

Arizona, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania already ban sex-selective abortions.

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