Armenia Considers Ban on Gender-Specific Abortions

A woman rests with her newborn child at the maternity ward of a hospital in Abovyan, about 16 kilometers northeast of the capital Yerevan. Armenia, which has one of the highest discrepancies globally of boy births versus girl births, plans to pass a new law to control sex-selective abortions. (Photo: Anahit Hayrapetyan)

After years of experiencing a population decline, Armenia is proposing a ban on gender-selective abortions that favor boys. The measure, if adopted by parliament, would be the first such measure in the relatively conservative, male-centric South Caucasus.

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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of

Armenia Considers Ban on Gender-Specific Abortions

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