Fewer Sex-Selective Abortions In Armenia, People Remain Obsessed About Male Child - Activist
17:28 â~@¢ 09.03.16
To reduce the number of sex-selective abortions in Armenia, the European Union (EU), in cooperation with Armenia's government and non-governmental organizations, is conducting training courses in Yerevan and in Armenia's regions, Armen Galstyan, Head of the International Center for Human Development (ICHD), told Tert.am.
The problem of sex-selective abortions became urgent when the United Nations released an analysis showing a female-male ratio of 100 to 104.
"But this is a problem. The natural ratio is 105 to 106. That is, 90,000 females would not have been born in our country next year to become mothers in the future. The problem was raised at the highest level and relevant instructions were issued. The government paid its attention to the problem by developing different programs, which have been implemented in the health sector and reflected in the work of Armenia's Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs," Mr Galstyan said.
The government plans amendments to Armenia's relevant laws.
"The law had an article dealing with abortions. A draft is being discussed. We are going to have extensive and clear articles to deal with sex-selective abortions and envisage certain prohibitions to prevent selective abortion of females," Mr Galstyan said.
The highest number of sex-selective abortions is in the Gegharkunik region of Armenia, with a male-female ratio of 125 to 100.
Asked about the situation in Armenia as compared with that in the other regional states, Mr Galstyan said:
"Armenia and Azerbaijan have been leaders for several years running, Georgia being the second. No other state in the region has similar problems. Our people are fanatical about having a male child. We want our firstborn to be a male child, and we 'would like' our second child to be a male. It does not mean we do not care about our female children, but our people are fanatical about male children."
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