In today’s Calgary Herald, Susan Martinuk highlights a couple of recent womens’ healthcare-related stories that she says add up to a “tough week for pro-choicers”. One item caught my interest — the revelation that Canadian doctors have begun recommending and following guidelines that would limit “sex-selective” abortion:
Second, a current article in the Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has issued a call for new guidelines regarding sex selective abortions. The preferential abortion of girls is a hush-hush practice that is officially condemned by Canada’s Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, yet still occurs among cultural groups (from countries such as China and India) that value boys more than girls.
The article suggests that physicians delay providing any information on an unborn child’s sex until after 20 weeks, when it is supposedly more difficult to attain an abortion. Apparently, doctors in British Columbia have practised this policy for the past few years.
Well I’ll be damned: doctors policing themselves — making their own recommendations for policy guidelines and putting them into practice without the “helpful” interference of government and regressive laws. Now where oh where have we heard that one before?