Early gender tests ‘leading to selective abortions of girls in UK’

Early gender tests 'leading to selective abortions of girls in UK'Labour calls for ban on misuse of blood screening for sex-selective abortions

Adam Forrest
Monday 17 September 2018

Blood tests used to reveal a baby’s gender are leading to the abortion of unwanted girls in the UK, MPs and charities have warned.

Labour MP Naz Shah, shadow women and equalities minister, said the government must act now to stop the misuse of Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) to abort pregnancies based on gender.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/selective-abortions-gender-tests-girls-uk-labour-a8540851.html

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China – Jiangxi abortion rule seeks sex ratio balance

Jiangxi abortion rule seeks sex ratio balance


Women in Jiangxi province who are at least 14 weeks pregnant now need to show medical evidence and receive government approval before getting an abortion, a policy provincial authorities say can help balance the sex ratio and protect unborn girls.

Jiangxi's Health and Family Planning Commission issued a notice on its website recently that women who are more than 14 weeks pregnant and who wish to have an abortion must have signed approvals by three medical professionals confirming that the procedure is medically necessary.

The rule sparked debate among Chinese netizens, with some saying it crossed the line between government power and private rights, and that it infringes upon women's freedom of choice.

Continued: http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2018-06-25/detail-ifyvmiee7354538.shtml

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“Not a woman’s choice”: India’s abortion limit puts women at risk, say campaigners

"Not a woman's choice": India's abortion limit puts women at risk, say campaigners

Roli Srivastava
September 5, 2017

MUMBAI, Sept 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - They didn’t pop open boxes of sweets or send out excited phone messages when their first child was born at public hospital on a rainy Mumbai night in July.

The couple had known from the 24th week of the pregnancy that their child would be born with Arnold Chiari Type II syndrome - a structural defect in the brain.

Since abortions in India are allowed only up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, the couple petitioned India’s Supreme Court to allow them a to terminate the pregnancy, which was by then 27 weeks. The court rejected their plea.

Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/india-women-abortion/not-a-womans-choice-indias-abortion-limit-puts-women-at-risk-say-campaigners-idUSL8N1LE26E

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Isle of Man: Sex selection not part of abortion reforms

Sex selection not part of abortion reforms

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Debate continues over termination criteria

A new legal query has been thrown up in the ongoing public debate over reform of the Island's abortion laws.

Responders to a public consultation have asked whether or not abortion could be prompted by sex selection requests.

Continued at source: Manx Radio: http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/sex-selection-not-part-of-reforms/

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India, Maharashtra: Government servants, netas likely used Solapur clinic for abortion, reveals investigation

Maharashtra: Government servants, netas likely used Solapur clinic for abortion, reveals investigation
Tejas Gandhi and his wife Priti were held for conducting gender-selective abortions

by Dhaval Kulkarni and Vallabh Ozarkar
Sep 3, 2017

Last week, the Solapur police had arrested Tejas Gandhi, 43, and his wife Priti, 41, who ran the Siya Maternity and Surgical Home in Akluj for allegedly conducting sex determination and gender-selective abortions.

Investigations in the Solapur female foeticide case have now revealed that government servants and candidates wanting to contest the local body elections may have used the services of the arrested doctor couple at Akluj to abort their unborn children. Government servants can avail of dependent benefits for only up to two children. For those who want to contest polls or have been elected to institutions like gram panchayats, panchayat samitis, zilla parishads and municipal bodies, the nominations and elections of those with over two children are liable to be set aside.

Continued at source: Daily News & Analysis: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-babus-netas-likely-used-solapur-clinic-to-abort-2542557

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India: Cops’ sting unearths doc’s abortion racket

Cops' sting unearths doc's abortion racket
TNN | Updated: Jun 7, 2017

KURAVI (MAHBUBABAD): The state government drive to encourage women to deliver babies at government hospitals resulted in the discovery of a long-running illegal sex-determination tests and abortion racket here.

According to inspector of Special Branch of police R Santosh, Dr R Srinivas of Swetha Nursing Home in the mandal headquarters here is suspected to have conducted nearly 300 illegal abortions of female foetuses in the last five months. The police said they suspect that he has been conducting such operations since 2013.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/cops-sting-unearths-docs-abortion-racket/articleshow/59031074.cms

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India: PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

Published : May 28, 2017

New Delhi: The recent incident of a 26-year-old woman dying during a botched up termination of pregnancy has caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM has sought a report from the Centre on the matter, with a mandate to the Union health ministry to strengthen the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

The police in March had arrested a homeopath, Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, who ran an illicit abortion racket in the Mhaisal village, Maharashtra, after the discovery of as many as 19 aborted female foetuses dumped in a sewer.

Continued at source: Asian Age: http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/280517/pm-modi-looks-into-botched-up-abortion.html

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India: Abortion pills went from Delhi to Sangli via Mumbai

Abortion pills went from Delhi to Sangli via Mumbai
By Lata Mishra, Pune Mirror
Mar 27, 2017

Arrest of medical representative from Mumbai reveals an inter-state abortion pills racket

The tentacles of the Sangli abortion racket have spread all the way to the national capital. Police investigating the illegal abortion racket in Mhaisal village in Sangli have discovered an inter-state abortion pills racket.

Investigations have revealed the presence of a widespread distribution of abortion pills with its roots in Delhi. From there, the drugs come to Mumbai, from where it goes to Sangli and other parts of Maharashtra.

Continued at source: Pune mirror: http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/crime/abortion-pills-went-from-delhi-to-sangli-via-mumbai/articleshow/57844373.cms

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India, Maharashtra: 19 Foetuses Found in Sangli District in Suspected Abortion Racket

Maharashtra: 19 Foetuses Found in Sangli District in Suspected Abortion Racket
By The Wire Staff on 07/03/2017

Mumbai: On Tuesday, March 6, the police arrested a doctor couple, who were on the run, in connection to the 19 foetuses found dumped near a stream in a village in Sangli district of Maharashtra.

The Sangli police on March 5 found 19 foetuses dumped near a stream at Mhaisal village in Miraj block in Sangli. The foetuses were wrapped in plastic bags and were either in the process of decomposition or remains of flesh and bones.

The police came across this racket of illegal abortions while probing the death of a woman during an abortion at the private hospital of Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, a homeopath. The foetuses have been sent to the government hospital in Miraj to determine if the foetuses are male or female.

Continued at source: The Wire: https://thewire.in/114678/maharashtra-sangli-district-abortion-female-foeticide/

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India: The ugly abortion sales pitch in Rajasthan: Say it’s a girl even when it isn’t

Dec 01, 2016 20:06 IST
by P Srinivasan, Hindustan Times

Ingenuity is often the hallmark of cheats. In Rajasthan, unscrupulous medical practitioners, looking to make a quick buck, have gone a step further by duping pregnant women to undergo abortions after telling them that they are carrying a girl child despite the foetus being a male.

“It is perhaps the mother of all frauds,” points out Naveen Jain, head of Rajasthan’s Pre-Conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) bureau of investigation, and mission director of National Health Mission.

Though sex determination is illegal, the practice is rampant is Rajasthan where a male child is still preferred over a girl by many would-be parents. In a state notorious for its skewed child sex ratio — 888 girls for every 1,000 boys as against the national average of 919, as per the 2011 census — some make a quick buck by offering medical termination services in seedy clinics.

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Source: Hindustan Times

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