Indian Medical Association – in effect – endorses sex selection abortions

From BioEdge: Laws against selectively killing unborn girls in India haven’t been enforced. So

…the Indian Medical Association has come up with a better idea. Instead of banning prenatal sex tests, the government should make them compulsory.

The idea was first mooted by Maneka Gandhi, the Indian Women and Child Development Minister. She proposed that each pregnancy should be registered and the sex disclosed to the parents. If a girl, the pregnancy should be tracked and recorded.

“This is the strangest, most bizarre idea I have ever heard in my life,” said Puneet Bedi, a New Delhi gynaecologist, who has been campaigning against female foeticide for nearly three decades. Couples could used abortion drugs and visit the doctor afterwards. “At this point, doctors would not be able to deny treatment to the woman and the abortion would be a fait accompli,” said Dr Bedi. “This would be a dangerous move and female foeticide will spiral upwards – all blame shifts to parents, with doctors escaping blame.”More.

Reality check: Sure. That’s just it. Doctors can escape blame. Again, never give to “girl child” charities that blather about “empowerment” and “education” but won’t talk about female genital mutilation or sex selection abortions. I do not know what they are doing with the money, but it doesn’t matter.

See also: FGM advocated in Canada


Long slow march to consensual euthanasia without conscience rights for medics. Including euthanasia of children with guardians’ consent

  • BillyHW

    Disgusting. Our cultures are not compatible.

  • Look where China is now.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Careful what you say about PM Shiny Happy People All Thinking the Same Things’ favourite country. Ooooh, that “basic dictatorship” really blows his skirt up.

  • Brenda

    India already has a sex ratio of 1.13 males for every female: worse than China’s.

    I’d like to know how much the European rape gang problem is a result of countries which practice sex selective abortion/ female infanticide simply getting rid of their surplus males.So far, it’s been just Muslims, and India generally keeps its violence to itself, witness that woman who was gang raped on a bus and later died. I wonder what will happen if they ever decide to export their problem.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      It’s a relevant question, but the two countries with the worst rate of sex-selective abortion – India and China – are overwhelmingly non-Muslim. The issue of surplus young males is not just related to sex-selective abortion or female infanticide; it’s also related to a culture where marriage of very young girls to much older men is a common practice, and where richer and more powerful older men frequently “marry” additional wives (as is allowed by Islamic law) and get away with it, whether or not these marriages are recognized by the country’s law. Every young woman that gets married off to an older man as his second or third wife is one less potential wife for a man her age, so the result is a much larger population of young single men versus young single women. Status in these cultures is acquired through marriage, but a man has to have a certain level of income and property before he can hope to marry because he has to get the woman’s family’s approval and permission and sometimes even pay a hefty “bride price”. So the social result of that is this large population of “surplus” young men with almost no hope of getting married, which is humiliating, and no opportunities for female companionship because society is so gender-segregated and women are generally kept out of sight. Certainly there is no culture of dating even in the most innocent way, as we have known it in the West for a very long time. These young men come of age with no idea about how to treat women or even how to talk to them. One can easily get the impression in such societies that there is a gender imbalance among young adults, but there isn’t really; it’s just that the men and women do not mix and young women are rarely seen in public.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Doctors in China are forbidden by law to tell parents the sex of their fetus, but I’m sure many parents find ways around the law or bribe doctors. The medical profession there is highly unregulated and there are plenty of quacks and it’s easy enough to acquire the equipment necessary to perform a sonogram. But definitely it isn’t something spoken of in polite company. When I lived in China I had several students and colleagues who were pregnant and it seemed strange that they didn’t know if they were having a boy or girl, when such information is a routine part of pregnancy in the West now, even though I have never been 100% comfortable with it. Chinese baby clothes are very gender neutral, which is customary anyway, so it doesn’t really cause any issues with selecting clothes for the baby. In fact it’s usually impossible to tell whether a baby under one year is a boy or a girl without asking, because they keep their hair cut very short or shaved off, and they rarely start to dress them like “boys” or “girls” until their second year.