Welcome to SPN

Register and Join the most happening forum of Sikh community & intellectuals from around the world.

Sign Up Now!

Canada It's not a crime to be a girl

Discussion in 'Breaking News' started by Archived_Member16, Jun 21, 2012.

Tags:
  1. Archived_Member16

    Archived_Member16
    Expand Collapse
    SPNer Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,451
    Likes Received:
    3,761

    It's not a crime to be a girl

    The Calgary Herald - June 21, 2012 3:04 AM

    It is impossible to watch CBC-TV's report on private ultrasound clinics and their role in abetting gender-selective abortions, without feeling sickened by it.

    A baby girl should be as welcome an addition to the family as a baby boy. Sadly, in some communities in Canada, she is not.

    Abortions of female fetuses have been documented in India and else-where; indeed, millions of girls are said to be missing in India alone, because of the cultural preference for boys.

    Now, a CBC-TV investigation has revealed that, out of 22 private ultra-sound clinics across Canada, the staff at almost two out of three were willing to perform an ultra-sound for gender early in the second trimester of pregnancy when abortions can still be obtained. Although no federal law stipulates a cut-off age for abortions, 20 weeks is generally considered the accepted maximum. Doctors also typically don't tell parents the sex of their fetus until the 20-week mark has passed.

    In April, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study that showed women who had been born in India, but who gave birth in Canada, were "significantly more likely to have male babies for their second and third births compared with women in Canada."

    Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto found that for Indian women having their third child, the ratio was 136 boys to 100 girls born, while Canadian-born women gave birth to 105 boys for every 100 girls.

    The solution is a multi-pronged one. Education is part of the answer. Parents from cultures that have tradition-ally strong preferences for males need to be taught that, in Canada, women are equal to men, and that the arrival of a baby girl is as joyous an occasion as the birth of a boy.

    Ultimately, however, we agree with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, which is calling for a ban on what are known as entertainment ultrasounds. Dr. Michiel Van den Hof, society spokes-man, bluntly says: "We do not at all condone sex selection by pregnancy termination. And we oppose it vehemently."

    © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

    source: http://www.{censored word, do not repeat.}/news/crime+girl/6817327/story.html
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Loading...

    Similar Threads Forum Date
    Sikh News Sikh Hate Crimes Since 9/11 - CNN Breaking News Sep 16, 2016
    Hard Talk Sikh Owner Fears Hate Crime After His Horse Is Shot Dead In US Hard Talk Jul 6, 2016
    SALDEF Hate Crimes Against Arabs, Sikhs, Hindus Will Now Be Tracked In Fbi Hate Crime Manual Sikh Organisations Mar 28, 2015
    Movies Ashdoc's short review---Life of crime Theatre, Movies & Cinema Sep 12, 2014
    Sikh Coalition Sikh Coalition Draws Attention to Recent Crimes Against Sikhs in the USA Sikh Organisations Aug 16, 2014

Share This Page