Indian radiologist gets jail sentence for using ultrasound

March 30, 2006

A radiologist was given a two-year prison term for using ultrasound to determine the sex of a fetus, according to a March 29 Associated Press report.

A radiologist was given a two-year prison term for using ultrasound to determine the sex of a fetus, according to a March 29 Associated Press report.

Dr. Anil Sabsani, who practices 100 miles south of New Delhi, is the first physician convicted for breaking a 12-year-old law designed to stop parents from aborting female fetuses.

Abortions are legal in India, but revealing the sex of a fetus through ultrasound and aborting one because of its gender are not, the article said.

A recent census revealed a lower than normal ratio of girls to boys. Women's rights advocates called on the government to crack down on radiologists who use ultrasound for prenatal sex determination.

Sabsani was stung when undercover agents posed as a husband and wife. According to the AP, for an additional $35, he told the pregnant undercover investigator that she was carrying a female fetus. His assistant was also sentenced to two years in prison.

Several similar cases are pending, according to the article.

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