Aborting Female Fetuses in Canada—Alarming

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The Canadian Medical Association has been alarmed with the raising increase in the number of fetus abortion among several ethnic groups in Canada. Female feticide is an existing practice by some individuals in Canada and the Canadian Medical Association Journal shares that the sex of the unborn child must not be told until after 30 weeks of pregnancy in order to combat female feticide.

Female feticide happens when the mother, or the couple, decides to terminate the pregnancy based on the grounds that the sex of the unborn child is a female. The said practice is not only observed in Canada but also in other countries like China, Vietnam, Hongkong, India and Korea. This is very much evident in countries where the society is patriarchal in nature and where men are given higher regard than women. This practice in Canada has been brought by immigrants and contribute only a small but very repugnant problem in the society.

Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ, Dr. Rajendra Kale explained that: “Small numbers cannot be ignored when the issue is about discrimination against women in the most extreme form. This evil devalues women. How can it be curbed? The solution is to postpone the disclosure of medically irrelevant information to women until they are about 30 weeks of pregnancy.
A pregnant women being told the sex of the fetus at ultrasonography at a time when an unquestioned abortion is possible, is the starting point of female feticide from a health care perspective. Although a women has the right to information about herself that relates to her health and medical care, the sex of the fetus is medically irrelevant information (except when managing rare sex-linked illnesses) and does not affect care.”

The said practice is done by couples who already have two daughters but no son. These couples terminate the female fetus in the womb until they conceive a male child. In another US study involving 65 immigrant Indian women, it has been found that 40% have previously terminated a female fetus pregnancy while 89% of women carrying a female fetus aborted their current pregnancies.

According to Dr. Kale, provincial colleges which govern physicians must adopt laws and regulations limiting the knowledge of women about the sex of their child until after 30 weeks of pregnancy in order to save these poor fetuses. He further concluded that, “Compared with the situation in India and China, the problem of female feticide in Canada is small, circumscribed and manageable. If Canada cannot control this repugnant practice, what hope do India and China have of saving millions of women?”




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