Cost for Illegal Ultrasound and Abortions in China

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Due to the one-child policy in China and a cultural preference for boys, there is an illegal industry of providing ultrasounds and abortions to women once it is determined that the unborn child is a female.

It is illegal in China to have an ultrasound in order to determine the gender of the baby. However, black market operators offer ultrasounds for $128-$193 (800 to 1,200 Yuan). If the parents wish to have an abortion, the cost of the procedure in China is $611 (3,800 Yuan).

(More prices of illegal goods on the black market.)

In addition to abortions, there are between 400 to 500 surrogacy clinics in China where customers pay in order conceive a child. In-vitro fertilization procedures are illegal in China as most customers due to procedure to conceive a boy.  A recent clinic that was registered as a cosmetics company was providing in-vitro fertilization for $161,000 (1 Million Yuan) for a successful birth. If the customers wanted a guarantee that they would receive a boy, then they would have to pay an additional $32,186 (200,000 Yuan).

The abortions of girls has lead to a ration of 118 boys for every 100 girls in China.

(More information on the illegal organ trade.)

Source:  Gwynn Guilford, “Crackdowns show how China’s one-child policy keeps the black-market boy business churning,” Quartz, March 26, 2013.

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