A Toronto Star survey
says six Greater Toronto Area hospitals refuse to give the sex of a mother's fetus during an ultrasound. Quoting The Star:
- And, whether by coincidence or by design, all six hospitals are located in or near areas with high concentrations of South Asian immigrants -- one of the ethnic communities at the centre of a mounting concern over female feticide.
Meanwhile, a new study published
Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests South Korean and Indian women living in Canada have an unusually high rate of baby boys when having a second child.
While the lead author of the study, Dr. Joel Ray, says we can't conclusively explain why this seems to be the case, some physicians have previously expressed concerns abortion is being used for sex selection in this country.
Earlier this year, Dr. Rajendra Kale, editor of the CMAJ, suggested doctors withhold information about the sex of a fetus until pregnancies reach 30 weeks in a bid to curb female "feticide", or sex-selective abortions.
Brent spoke to Dr Prabhat Jha, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and Dr Jeffrey Steinberg, a reproductive endocrinologist and director of The Fertility Institutes.