Swiss government considers new law to prevent gender specific abortions
The Swiss government is discussing a new law which would prevent doctors telling pregnant women the gender of the foetus until after the 12th week.
This would prevent women seeking abortions if the child is not the sex they want.
A doctor at the Inselspital in Bern, Daniel Surbek, believes there are around 100 abortions a year because of the sex of the unborn child.
Unlike other countries, gender selection remains illegal in this country. There are now techniques to sort sperm before IVF implantation – to determine gender.
The main reason couples want to choose the gender is for family balance. If they already have a boy, they would prefer a girl next – or vice versa.