An editorial in the Canadian Medical Journal, (a publication that my doctor endorses), shed light on something many may see as an unsavoury cultural practice.
It seems that Asian Canadians have a blatant preference for boy over girl babies.
The editor Mr. R. Kale, informed the medical profession that upon getting the baby’s sexual identity at 20 weeks, many women were making a decision to abort the fetus if it was female.
The journal recommended that the baby’s sex not be disclosed until between 22-30 weeks, thereby making it more difficult to abort.
Mr. Kale, spokesman for the Canadian Medical Journal, went on to say that equality and diversity are both Canadian values …but, so are women’s rights.
So, here is the conundrum…In Canada, an abortion is a woman’s personal choice. Is the preference for a boy also a question of choice for Canadian women? Is that something that women will fight for, the right to chose boys over girls?
Does the cultural preference of some Asian Canadians for boys enhance a women’s freedom to choose…. or should we as a society protect female fetuses from sexual discrimination in the womb?
Have your say.