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Medical ethics in India: ancient and modern (II)

C. M. Francis


The Government of India and its people are concerned with the increase in population. One method proposed to control it is that of incentives and disincentives – incentives to those who subject themselves to sterilisation and disincentives to those who are not willing to undergo sterilisation. Such discrimination raises an ethical issue. Why should a third or fourth child suffer from handicaps in education, nutrition, etc., in comparison to other children? The educational and other facilities in the country are limited, especially in the villages. Discrimination in favour of one spells discrimination against another.

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