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Internet search engines block ads for sex-selection abortions in India

September 27, 2016

Under heavy pressure from the government of India, the operators of world's leading internet search engines have agreed to block advertisements for sex-selection abortion.

Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft reached and agreement to stop running advertisements in India for gender-testing of unborn children, and to block terms that would lead to sites offering such testing. Google also agreed to show a warning message to Indian users who searched for such site, reminding them that sex-selection abortion is illegal in India.

The search engines had initially resisted government pressure to curtail searches, saying that such censorship could inhabit legitimate research. But the three companies dropped their objections after being warned that the government might shut down their operations in India.

India has been plagued by a high rate of sex-selection abortion, which has resulted in a severe imbalance between male and female children. Although abortion is legal in India, the use of abortion to determine the sex of a child is illegal.

 
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