Should a physician limit the information he provides a patient if there is even a remote possibility that information couldbe used to abort an unwanted female fetus – a practice rampant in China and growing even here.  Dr. Kale has just written an editorial in the Medical Association Journal says the information should be delayed until 30 weeks because it  is much more difficult to get an abortion then unless there is a medical reason.

Dr. Kale wrote that studies show some couples who have two girls and an no son selectively get rid of female fetuses until they can esnure their third-born child is a boy.  Kale says female gender should be withheld until week 30.

Dr Charles Bernard of Quebec argues that the couples have a right to know from the beginning.

Gwen Landolt of REAL welcomes this debate and says there should be legislation governing it.

Dr. Margaret Somerville  says sex selection through abortion is a real concern.

Should fetus gender be concealed?

What do you think?


  1. 1
    Jim Says:

    A doctor identifying the gender of a child is not a medical problem. and therefor should not be discussed.

  2. 2
    SUZANNE Says:

    Hiding such information is a violation of parental rights. The ends do not justify the means. The onus should be on the abortionist and the women undergoing the abortion, not the general population.

  3. 3
    Neil McKenty Says:

    So, Suzanne, it would seem you are in favour of amniocentisis. Surprising?

  4. 4
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    The act of abortion is one of denying the future possibility of life. If society is okay with that, I see no reason why it should be concerned with the consequences of that decision. Otherwise, hypocrisy.

  5. 5
    SUZANNE Says:

    I`m against amniocentesis because there is a chance the unborn child will die from it. However, I’m in favour of any kind of non-lethal procedure that informs the parent about the health of the unborn child.

  6. 6
    Faith Says:

    The fact that gender (in most cases) isn’t related to a medical problem in pregnancy isn’t the issue. If medical information about yourself/your pregnancy is part of the information gained through your medical testing, why should you not be entitled to have that information? That some people might use that information for a purpose that we are against doesn’t make it okay to curtail the rights of everyone else to try and force a small group of people to go against their cultural beliefs and do the right thing. The issue is a cultural one, and it won’t be solved by curtailing women’s (couples) rights to their complete medical information. Showing that women can’t be ‘trusted’ with their own/their babies health information does little to shift the cultural bias against women in those cultures.

  7. 7

    Every medical procedure should be allowed.
    If we start tampering on so called moral grounds, there’ll be no end.

  8. 8
    Jim Says:

    There have been times when mothers-to-be “Little People” have been asked by doctors if they want to abort their child, which if allowed to be delivered, would be another “Little Person” brought into this world. What kind of a question is that to ask? Is it a medical or non-medical question? Was there another way to elicit the information? In my opinion the question was insulting. However,would the question have been insulting if it had been asked of a regular sized mother who was about to give birth to a “little person”?

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