The use of pre-natal diagnostic techniques for sex selection: the Indian scene

Bioethics. 1993 Apr;7(2-3):149-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.1993.tb00281.x.


The use of pre-natal diagnostic techniques only for sex determination followed by termination of pregnancy on a finding of female foetus, is an atrocious and unethical practice. The bias against a female has been stretched further back: from cradle to grave, it is now from womb to the grave. One cannot however ignore the conditions of the society which breed and encourage such practices. A girl suffers neglect and discrimination right from childhood; she is tortured, harassed and maltreated after marriage. At the work place she is exploited. A widow or a divorcee is looked down upon by the family and the society. All these things make her life miserable and not worth existence....

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Eugenic*
  • Attitude
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Planning Services
  • Female
  • Freedom
  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • India
  • Infanticide
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legislation as Topic
  • Men
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Physicians
  • Prejudice*
  • Prenatal Diagnosis*
  • Public Policy*
  • Sex Determination Analysis*
  • Social Control, Formal
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Women's Rights
  • Women*