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Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia should investigate the reasons for their skewed sex ratios at birth

Strasbourg, 03.10.2011- Emphasising that prenatal sex selection has reached "worrying proportions" in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today asked those countries' authorities to "investigate the causes and reasons behind skewed sex ratios at birth".

Whereas the natural sex ratio averages 105 boys to 100 girls, the figure in Albania, Armenia and Azerbaijan is 112 boys to 100 girls, while in Georgia it is 111 boys to 100 girls.

The resolution adopted, based on the report by Doris Stump (Switzerland, SOC), calls on these countries' authorities to "support training for medical staff on prenatal sex selection and its harmful consequences" and to "step up their efforts to raise the status of women in society". The governments concerned should collect reliable data about sex ratios at birth, including in different areas of a single country.

The Assembly called on all the member States “to introduce legislation with a view to prohibiting sex selection in the context of assisted reproduction technologies and legal abortion, except when it is justified to avoid a serious hereditary disease”.





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