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Sex-Selective Abortions in China Muddle Prochoice Argument


Due to the Chinese government’s one-child-only policy and a cultural preference for male children, China now has 32 million more males than females under the age of 20. Most prochoicers believe that every woman has a right to terminate any pregnancy, but when abortion can be used to select a male child at the expense of a female fetus, things get complicated.

Researchers have argued that if sex-selective abortions are banned, it could help close China's gender gap. But how can this be done without deciphering the intent of a woman wanting an abortion and violating the privacy many reproductive rights advocates hold sacred?

Since China seems reluctant to abandon its one-child policy, do you think banning sex-selective abortions sounds like the next best option for solving the gender gap, or does it violate a woman's right to choose?

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