Sex selection by abortion?
A Canadian study suggests female foeticide is occurring among Indian immigrants in the country.
- The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) study found Canadian couples born in India may be more likely than Canadian-born couples to terminate a second pregnancy if the fetus is female. While some medical professionals are calling for a move to ban giving ultrasound gender information until after 30-weeks of pregnancy, others are saying this study does not present enough conclusive evidence to support the possibility of female feticide.
- The study sampled a population-base of 766 688 live births between 2002 and 2007, using records provided by Ontario Vital Statistics.
The table below shows the breakdown of male to female ratios for live births, separated by the mother's country of origin.
- Here's a depiction of the male to female ratio:
- In an exclusive interview with The Stream, Dr. Joel Ray, who led the study describes the findings:
- Last week, thousands of abortion opponents rallied in Ottawa calling for an end to legalized abortions.
- In this video, protestors march down the streets of Ottawa to protest abortion.
- A citizen captured footage of activists gathered on the steps of the parliament building.
- In an editorial for the CMAJ, Dr. Rajendra Kale says there is a high abortion rate among Indian women who were pregnant with a female. He suggest that heath care providers postpone telling the mother the sex of the child until after 30-weeks of gestation in order to decrease the rate of female feticide.
- This is Jha's response to the Sex Ratio study published in the CMAJ:
- According to Canadian law, the practice of withholding this information to expectant mothers can be considered "professional misconduct." The Canadian Supreme Court says that all patients have a right to access all the information in their records.
- Photo Courtesy: Samantha Chiusolo
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