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Errors in deciding fetal sex from ultrasonography can lead to domestic abuse

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39415.712338.DB (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1176
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Incorrect determination of the sex of a fetus from ultrasonography can result in marital conflict, domestic abuse, and economic hardship, says a study carried out in Nigeria, where male offspring are highly desirable.

    The psychological and physical health of the mother and the upbringing of the child can be affected by such misinformation, says the report (International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics: doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.09.021).

    “The failure rate of ultrasound scans to determine foetal sex should be made known to women and their partners,” the authors write.

    The authors, who cite other studies indicating that the accuracy of …

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