Canadian doctor: Let's stop sex-selective abortions by refusing to tell parents the gender

By not revealing a fetus’ sex, doctors could prevent abortions related to the sex of the baby, according to Dr. Rajendra Kale, interim editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The practice of “sex selection,” or the aborting of female fetuses because of a preference for sons, is an issue in several Asian countries, and may also be done by some immigrants in Canada and the United States, Kale said.

“A pregnant woman being told the sex of the fetus at ultrasonography at a time when an unquestioned abortion is possible is the starting point” of sex selection, Kale wrote in the editorial published online in the lastest issue of CMAJ.