Indian Medical Association backs lifting ban on sex testing

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i814
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

The Indian Medical Association has supported a suggestion by the women and child development minister, Maneka Gandhi, that India should consider lifting its ban on prenatal sex testing.

Prenatal sex testing was banned in India by the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act 1994 to try to end female feticide and to stop the decreasing female to male sex ratio in the country.

Gandhi suggested lifting the ban while speaking at the All India Regional Editors’ Conference in Jaipur on 1 February, provoking widespread condemnation.

India’s ministry of women and child development has since issued a press note …

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