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Discrepancies in the laws on identifying foetal sex and terminating a pregnancy in India.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18624139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Laws that regulate the identification of a foetus and the termination of a pregnancy in India are shaped by their social context. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, discriminates against unmarried women by not recognising that unwanted pregnancies in unmarried women could result in at least as much anguish and suffering as that experienced by married women. While the MTP Act permits the abortion of foetuses with disabilities, the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act's ban on identifying the foetus's sex prevents the use of sex-detection to identify foetuses at high risk of sex-linked diseases.
Talha A Rahman; Ayesha T Siddiqui
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of medical ethics     Volume:  4     ISSN:  0974-8466     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:    2007 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-15     Completed Date:  2008-08-15     Revised Date:  2009-03-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101214913     Medline TA:  Indian J Med Ethics     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  119-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal* / ethics,  legislation & jurisprudence
Disabled Children / legislation & jurisprudence
Genetic Diseases, X-Linked / diagnosis,  genetics
Genetic Diseases, Y-Linked / diagnosis,  genetics
Infant, Newborn
Marital Status
Pregnancy, Unwanted / ethics
Prenatal Diagnosis / ethics
Reproductive Rights / ethics,  legislation & jurisprudence
Sex Determination (Analysis) / ethics*
Sex Preselection / ethics*
Women's Rights* / ethics,  legislation & jurisprudence

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