Measures in Jiangxi province prompt concerns over state control and rights of women

New rules restricting abortions in a Chinese province have prompted concern from citizens and activists over state control of women’s bodies.

Jiangxi province issued guidelines last week stipulating that women more than 14 weeks pregnant must have signed approval from three medical professionals confirming an abortion is medically necessary before any procedure. The measures are meant to help prevent sex-selective abortions, which are illegal in China. The sex of a child is usually discernible after 14 weeks.

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