City authorities ban gender selection for unborn babies

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee issued a decision to ban gender selection for unborn babies because there has been gender imbalance at birth.

Following the decision, the People’s Committee asked the Department of Health to instruct medical facilities in the city not to provide services relating to gender selection as well as forbid doctors to help couples to select unborn babies’ gender.

Health authority must increase information of consequences of gender imbalance and the regulation to forbid gender selection.

Health inspectors must pay regular visits to medical facilities to tighten the law.

The Department of Communications and Information is responsible for spreading information of gender imbalance to raise the public’s awareness. All departments, districts and health sector tighten control of gender selection and consider it as one of socio-economic growth standard.

By Hieu Nghia – translated by Anh Quan

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