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Actions taken to tackle prenatal sex selection

Written question No. 739 to the Committee of Ministers | Doc. 14871 | 11 April 2019

Question from
Mr Valeriu GHILETCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD

In response to my written question No. 685 submitted on 4 May 2015 to the Committee of Ministers concerning the practice of prenatal selection by sex, the Committee gave an official response on 14 October 2015, for which I thank it.

In its reply, the Committee of Ministers wrote that it considered that such a practice undermined the fundamental values of the Council of Europe, as the Assembly Recommendation 1979 (2011) on “Prenatal sex selection” recognised it too. It further stated that it “has instructed its Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), with the support of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), and in co-operation with the Gender Equality Commission (GEC), to consider and make proposals for action to be taken by the Council of Europe in this field.”

Mr Ghiletchi

To ask the Committee of Ministers,

Which proposals were made by the mentioned bodies and what action has been taken since to tackle prenatal selection by sex?