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Minister slams U.S. ads offering gender selection to Indo-Canadian couples

Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose stands in the House of Commons during Question Period in Ottawa, Monday April 23, 2012 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

OTTAWA - The federal cabinet minister responsible for the status of women is condemning advertisements running in B.C. that offer gender selection for couples wanting a baby.

Rona Ambrose says she's disturbed by the ads that target B.C.'s Indo-Canadian community.

A clinic in Bellevue, Wash., offers pre-conception gender determination services for what the ads call "family balancing purposes".

Ambrose says it's clear the ads are targeting cultural attitudes that perpetuate discrimination against girls.

She says the ads run contrary to Canadian values where men and women are equal under the law.

Ambrose says she condemns the practice of sex selection through in-vitro technology and is urging Canadian publishers to reject advertisements from clinics offering such services.


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