July 2, 2022

Indian women go to US to use sex selection to have sons

While India has a problem with sex selection, it is – technically speaking – illegal. According to a University of California study, under pressure to have sons, some Indian women emigrate to the US to make use of the more readily available reproductive technologies and liberal abortion policies.
While
India has a problem with sex selection, it is – technically
speaking – illegal. According to a University of California study, under pressure to have sons, some Indian women emigrate
to the US to make use of the more readily available reproductive technologies
and liberal abortion policies. Some women use sperm sorting or IVF; others
aborted female foetuses.

Researchers
interviewed 65 migrant Indian women in California, New Jersey and New York who
had sought foetal sex selection between September 2004 and December 2009. They
found that 40% had abortions when they found the foetus was female, and of the
women who found out they were pregnant with a girl during the interview period,
89% underwent an abortion.

“Health
care providers often are well-positioned to intervene or suggest options, but
may be hesitant to approach issues perceived as ‘cultural’,” said lead author Sunita
Puri, a medical resident in the UCSF Department of Internal Medicine.
“Reproductive technological advances are extremely valuable, but it is
important to understand the varied impact they may have on women from different
sociological backgrounds”. ~ Times of India, Jun 8; University of California, San Francisco, May 20

Indian women go to US to use sex selection to have sons
Jared Yee
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