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 âto 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
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