Is Ultrasound ads in Canadian Punjabi newspapers promoting female abortion?
Toronto, Aug. 04, 2007 Surinder Singh According to CBC News, the ads for ultrasound clinics are running in two Punjabi-language newspapers, the Ajit Weekly, based in Mississauga, Ont., and with a B.C. edition, and the Hamdard Weekly, published weekly from Toronto, New York, Vancouver and California are promoting the abortion of female fetuses. One ad provides a phone number for BC Punjabi as well as English speakers, who will help them to make appointments at Koala Labs, an ultrasound clinic in Blaine, Washington. According to the CBC, the ad states, “You are told the sex immediately.” According to a Statistics Canada census, in Surrey, where nearly a third of the immigrant population is from India, the sex-ratio was highly imbalanced. In 2003, for example, instead of the normal ratio of 105 boys to every 100 girls, “there were 109. In 2000, it was nearly 111, in 1999, 107, and in 1998, 110.” Charan Gill, of the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, Surrey claims that t