Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo will block ads for pre-natal sex selection in India


Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have agreed to block ads for services that determine the sex of unborn children in India, adhering to an order from the country's highest court. As the BBC reports, India's health ministry told the Supreme Court on Monday that the three web companies will block 22 keywords related to pre-natal sex testing. The court was hearing a case that seeks to block online content that promotes pre-natal sex-selection services, which were outlawed in 1994.

India has one of the worst gender imbalances in the world, with 914 females born for every 1,000 males, according to a 2011 nationwide census. The 1994 law aimed to ban sex-determination and sex-selective abortions, but unborn girls are still secretly aborted in...

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