Eliminating Prenatal Sex Selection? The Global Agenda and National Action Plans

By Johanna Kostenzer.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: April 4, 2016 $US5.00

Increasing rates of sex selective abortions due to son preference have been observed in several countries across the globe. The impact on reproductive health rights, discrimination and violence, and demographic imbalance constitute key areas of concern for the international community. International organizations as well as national governments have put the issue on their agenda. By comparing policies at different levels, the paper sheds light on the respective governments’ approach and the correspondence with international organizations’ recommendations. Whereas in China, India, and South Korea a mixture of facilitative and restrictive policies could have been identified, other countries governments’ have not yet developed holistic approaches. International organizations recommend interventions in five policy areas: legislation, advocacy, health care, support, and research. However, within this recommendation framework the use of reproductive technology and family balancing, the future dimension of son preference and implementation research are not (adequately) addressed.

Keywords: Sex Ratio at Birth, Son Preference, International Organizations, South Korea, China, India

The Global Studies Journal, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.41-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 626.813KB)).

Johanna Kostenzer

Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of International Health and Social Management, Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Austria; PhD Candidate, Political Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria


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