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Doctors must be more responsible vis-à-vis abortion, says Indian Church
The secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference is shocked by the Lancet study on selective abortions on India and stresses the need for ethics in the medical profession.
Three million girls "missing" as a result of selective abortions and infanticide
The 2011 figures are from a study released by India's Central Statistical Organisation. Tomorrow, the world marks International Day of the Girl. "Government, civil society and families should work closely together" against patriarchal gender bias, says doctor member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Maharashtra wants selective abortion to be treated as murder.
Eight arrests after selective female abortion racket uncovered
A couple of doctors and their support staff ran the racket. According to India’s 2011 census, the country’s sex ratio is just 940 females per 1000 males, more skewed in cities than in rural areas. According to a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, men will outnumber women by 20 per cent in 20 years.
Three thousand dollars per family to rear a daughter
The programme has been announced by the central government and is aimed at poor families in 7 states. The target is to discourage the illegal, but still widespread practise of female foeticide.
10 million female fetuses aborted in 20 years
This was revealed by a scientific journal, the Lancet: one of the major causes is selective abortion. Catholics in the country have suggested the Church sets up a clinic where women can repair the serious mistake of "playing with human life".
Government to sanction 100 doctors for performing selective abortion and female foeticide
India's Health Ministry and Medical Council reveal the nation-wide problem. "Choosing the sex [of newborns] is an expression of the lack of respect for women, and one of the causes of rising crimes against them," a member of the Pontifical Academy of Life says.
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