Sex selection is a huge problem and has been practised for
decades in some Asian countries. However, there is strong evidence
that it also occurs in some Council of Europe member states, namely
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Prenatal sex selection is to be condemned, as a phenomenon
which finds its roots in a culture of gender inequality and reinforces
a climate of violence against women. It has harmful consequences,
including population imbalances, a rise in criminality and social
unrest and an increased risk of human rights violations such as
trafficking for the purposes of marriage or sexual exploitation.
The Council of Europe member states are invited to introduce
legislation with a view to prohibiting sex selection in the context
of both assisted reproductive technologies and legal abortion, except
when it is justified to avoid a serious hereditary disease.
In addition, the governments of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan
and Georgia are invited to take further steps with a view to tackling
the root causes of prenatal sex selection, collecting reliable data
on this phenomenon and raising awareness amongst the public and