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Obstetricians slam gender balance policy

EQUALITY:The Bureau of Health Promotion has angered obstetricians by questioning those who deliver more boys than girls to enforce a gender policy they say is ridiculous

By Wei Yi-chia, Alison Hsiao and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

The team also roots out illegal advertisements on “boy-for-sure” pregnancy measures or gender selection.

The joint efforts of various parties has brought the ratio down from 1.090 in 2010 to 1.074 last year, though this is still higher than the natural 1.06 ratio, the bureau said.

While the department’s monitoring of medical facilities is not an accusation that the facilities are guilty of any wrongdoing, the 1.08 male-female ratio among newborns in the period between January and last month is higher than the 1.076 recorded in the same period last year, which indicates that there has been an increase in the use of technology-aided gender selection, the bureau said.

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