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Saving the Girl Child

Your editorial on the subject of the girl child (February 16) is timely but when the state itself encourages the use of abortion as a method of family planning, then the law can be subverted by the public and unscrupulous medical practitioners alike to abort female foetuses. Several states and all union territories allow the termination of pregnancies on grounds of “failure of contraception”. This in itself is questionable since the reasons specified in section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnacy Act 1971 do not include failure of contraception as a valid reason.

Some states like Gujarat have not included this clause in the prescribed form a medical practitioner has to fill at the time of conducting the abortion. No one refers to the Act, but it is only the form which has to be filled, which is prescribed by the rules promulgated by various states.

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