CMAJ argues for new rules to curb sex selection

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An editorial in this week’s Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) has opened the debate on selective abortion of female fetuses, and how much this is happening in Canada.

Rajendra Kale, interim editor of the CMAJ, called for a ban on disclosing the sex of a fetus until 30 weeks, a point at which abortions are difficult to obtain. His editorial cited research that suggests some Asian immigrants are aborting unwanted females.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, on the other hand, has countered that “Dr. Kale’s proposal is inconsistent with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s policy statement which states that “a patient’s request for disclosure should be respected, either directly or in a report to the referring health professional”.”

Read more about it here:

“It’s a girl!”— could be a death sentence (CMAJ)

Sex selection migrates to Canada (CMAJ)

Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (see 17 January Media update on their home page)

Bid to curb female feticide pushes hot buttons of abortion and culture (Globe and Mail)

Selective abortions prompt call for ultrasound rules (CBC)