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India plans new legislation to prevent sex selection

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:385
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian health ministry has drafted legislation to regulate reproduction technologies in a fresh attempt to curb the widespread preference for male children in India.

    The legislation will ban the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis and other reproductive technologies for sex selection through amendments to an existing law that prohibits fetal sex determination. The amended legislation will allow genetic diagnosis for detecting medical conditions, however.

    India outlawed fetal sex determination for sex selection eight years ago, but prenatal sex determination through ultrasonography continues. The practice, stemming from traditional prejudices against girls in Indian society, leads to …

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