Indian health minister convenes experts to tackle fetal sex selection

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 27 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6465
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Indian health minister Harsh Vardhan has announced that he will establish an expert group to examine new methods that are being used to determine the sex of fetuses. These new methods—some of which are non-invasive—bypass existing regulations that ban the use of ultrasonography to find out the sex of a fetus.

“While misuse of ultrasound machines is still prevalent because it is cheap, newer medical technologies are increasingly being used in the name of ‘genetic testing,’” Vardhan told members of the reconstituted Central Supervisory Board on 13 October in New Delhi. The …

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