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The ethics of gender justice

Vibhuti Patel


In a socio-cultural set-up which promotes son-preference and discrimination against daughters, sex-determination (SD) – both at pre-conception and ante-natal stage can have only one meaning i. e. female-extermination. Ruth Macklin’s article ‘The ethics of sex determination’ (Medical Ethics 1995; 3: 60-64) misses this central point. I hope to show that her cold-blooded logic in the name of ‘women’s choice’, put forward in a social vacuum, is not only unhelpful but is also detrimental to the cause of survival of the endangered species – the women of India and China. 

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