A Swiss parliamentarian will visit Georgia and Armenia amid concerns in both countries about the demographic and social impact of pre-natal selection.
Doris Stump, the Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur on pre-natal sex selection, starts her three-day tour in Georgia on 14 June.
She has received reports of imbalances in favour of new born boys. This trend, which is not confined to the southern Caucasus, is said to result from the rapid development of pre-natal techniques, enabling parents to find out their baby’s sex in advance and to have the foetus aborted if it is female.
Ms Stump’s report is due to be debated next September at the meeting of the Assembly’s Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men.