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Sex selection is part of a global problem: discrimination against women and girls.

What is sex selection?

Sex selection is the act of terminating a pregnancy based on the gender of the child. In Canada and around the world, women and girls are missing because females are valued less than males. This act of discrimination contributes to the global problem of gendercide.

What is gendercide?

Gendercide is the systematic killing of a people group because of their gender. In 1995 Hillary Clinton spoke in China about the issue of gendercide, which has lead to a global gender imbalance. At that time there were 100 million missing women and girls. Today, the United Nations states that there are 200 million missing women and girls. Gendercide is a growing problem all over the world, and Canada needs to be part of the solution.

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  • A CBC documentary revealed that ultrasounds are being used in Canada to tell the sex of an unborn child so that expectant parents can choose to terminate the pregnancy if the unborn child is a girl;
  • An Environics poll found that 92% of Canadians believe sex-selective pregnancy termination “should be illegal”;
  • The Society of Gynaecologists of Canada and the Canadian Association of Radiologists strongly oppose the non-medical use of fetal ultrasounds;
  • There are over 200 million girls missing worldwide. This gendercide has created a global gender imbalance crisis resulting in violence and the human trafficking of girls;
  • The Three Deadliest Words in the World are: It's a Girl.