In January 2019, the Delhi Health Department raided a Karol Bagh hospital accused of using Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), a form of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) that determines the sex of an embryo. The clinic had over 300 workers, charged INR 8.5 lakh for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), promised the clients a male child, and even offered to take them to Thailand, Singapore, or Dubai for the procedure. PGD is a selective IVF method examining the genetic characteristics of a pre-embryo before its transfer to the uterus. Publicly available since the 1990s, PGD is employed when a person is at risk of having a child with a genetic illness or to enhance the chances of child-bearing in persons unable to conceive traditionally. However, many use PGD for gender selection driven by cultural, social, ethnic, or psychological factors. This sparks a moral outcry over not implanting healthy embryos deemed the 'wrong' sex. In countries like India, PGD threatens to encourage the preference for sons over daughters. UNPF estimates that each year, India misses nearly 4,00,000 female births because of sex selection, especially in states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana. That is, around 3% of all female births. However, the NFHS-5 data shows states… Read full this story
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