Women

09.26.13

Pregnant Indian Women Go Undercover

To expose selective-sex abortions in the country’s clinics.

A few brave women in Rajasthan, India, have put their lives—and unborn babies—at risk by going undercover in diagnostic centers to catch clinicians breaking the country’s 1994 federal law against women who abort babies based on their gender, known as sex-selective abortion. These pregnant women volunteers undergo a sonogram and pretend to want an abortion if the baby is female. If the clinic agrees, they serve as witnesses against the practitioner in court hearings.