Selective Abortion – Does It Occur?

And what is the suggested selection criteria in some cases?

Gender.

That is the suggestion of some professionals in the GTA, and it is resulting in subtle discrimination.

At the national level here in Canada, according to the 2006 census figures, there are 932 girls to 1,000 boys under age 15 in the South Asian community, compared to 953 girls to 1,000 boys in the general population. Is that statistically significant? Could there be some genetic pattern in the South Asian community that explains it? 932 versus 953. A 2.2 % difference.

Let’s look further at the details.

In Toronto, the ratio is 917 girls to 1,000 boys. A 3.8% difference.

In Mississauga it is 904 girls to 1,000 boys. A 5.1% difference.

In Brampton it is 864 girls to 1,000 boys. That is a 9.3% difference from the national average. That seems statistically significant to me.

Are couples aborting female fetuses? Personally, I find that disgusting. A woman’s right to stop another woman from coming into the world, but a male fetus is just fine, thank you.

Talk about discrimination. (although people familiar with the cultural norms involved say it is not the mother, but the in-laws creating the pressure)

And what is the discrimination involved? Some ultrasound technicians are avoiding giving gender information to expectant parents until later in the pregnancy, when it would be very difficult to have an abortion.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, or SOGC, … (said that the research) “fails to acknowledge the cultural values and norms that lead certain individuals to pursue pregnancy termination based on the gender of the fetus.”

So, SOGC seems to be saying that gender is a perfectly valid reason to abort a baby in Canada. Would they say the same thing about honour killings, which are also a horrible cultural norm is a small segment of society.

(post based on information from the Toronto Star)български икони

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