Ban recommended

Published: Tuesday 15 February 1994

-- CANADA'S Royal Commission on Reproductive Technology has recommended a ban on sex determination tests. It has been stated that Indian Canadians and other South Asians visit ultrasound clinics for prenatal testing to have only male children. According to the Commission's report, sex selection "reinforces the idea of a child's sex being important".

The Commission stressed that selling babies, sperm, embryos and foetal tissue for profit should be prohibited in the country. Earlier, reports were published of brokers paying women several thousand dollars to conceive, carry and then give up the child.

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