Prenatal Sex Determination Is Illegal in India

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Prenatal Sex Determination Is Illegal in India

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Sign on the window of a womens clinic.

In India, prenatal gender determination (aka Prenatal sex discernment) of the fetus is illegal, because many women prefer to abort if they carry a girl.

Women prefer to have boys since they can more easily work and bring revenue to the family.

Women are still very much discriminated upon in india, and they are considered "inferior" to men in many respect.

In India, no laboratory or clinic is allowed to conduct any test including ultrasonography for the purpose of determining the sex of the fetus.

Prenatal sex determination was banned in India in 1994, under the Pre-conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act. The act aims to prevent sex-selective abortion, which, according to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, "has its roots in India’s long history of strong patriarchal influence in all spheres of life".

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Photo taken on February 25, 2013
Delhi, Delhi, India
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