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South Asian women in Manitoba approaching private clinics for sex determination

Posted on 21 June 2012 by admin

According to a CBC News investigation, some women in Manitoba’s South Asian community are approaching private ultrasound clinics to determine the gender of their fetuses. The investigation found that some privately owned 3D ultrasound clinics in Canada allow booking an appointment that would give the gender of the fetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy, a timeframe within which it is still possible for a woman to get an elective abortion.The probe features TejBains of the Punjab Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, who says sex-selective abortions are being sought out by some women in Manitoba.UC Baby, a nationwide chain of private ultrasound clinics, maintains its clinics do not reveal fetal gender before 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, staff at the UC Baby clinic in Winnipeg told CBC News they would do an ultrasound at 17 weeks.Out of the 10 UC Baby clinics across Canada that CBC News tested, only two insisted on revealing fetal gender after 20 weeks.Officials with UC Baby expression their concern with the findings of the investigation and promise to ensure that no more women are accepted for ultrasounds before 20 weeks.

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