The ethics of birth and death: Gender infanticide in india [Book Review]

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 4 (3):181-192 (2007)
Abstract
This paper discusses the persistent devaluation of the girl child in India and the link between the entrenched perception of female valuelessness and the actual practice of infanticide of girl babies or foetuses. It seeks to place female infanticide, or ‘gendercide,’ within the context of Western-derived conceptions of ethics, justice and rights. To date, current ethical theories and internationally purveyed moral frameworks, as well as legal and political declarations, have fallen short of an adequate moral appraisal of infanticide. This paper seeks to rethink the issue.
Keywords Infanticide  India  Women’s rights  Reproductive rights  Bioethics
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