In Hong Kong, medical professionals and lawmakers have called for stronger regulation to avoid ethical and public health issues Photo: TNS
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Smuggling of blood samples to identify gender must be halted

  • The Hong Kong government should work closely with the medical profession and mainland Chinese authorities to stamp out the trade

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In Hong Kong, medical professionals and lawmakers have called for stronger regulation to avoid ethical and public health issues Photo: TNS
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Blood tests for pregnant women in Hong Kong are usually done to detect genetic defects, and gender selection is unethical, experts say.

Blood samples to identify sex of babies are being hidden in toys and food and smuggled into Hong Kong, driven by mainland China’s preference for boys

  • Practice raises ethical issues over gender selection and medical hygiene
  • Post finds mainland Chinese agents offering courier services of blood samples into city, where test is allowed under proper guidelines
Topic |   Hong Kong health care and hospitals

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Blood tests for pregnant women in Hong Kong are usually done to detect genetic defects, and gender selection is unethical, experts say.
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