Washington: Women in India are more likely to get prenatal care when pregnant with male babies, according to a groundbreaking study that has implications for girls` health and survival in patriarchal societies. The study by Leah Lakdawala of Michigan State University and Prashant Bharadwaj of the University of California, San Diego, suggests sex discrimination begins in the womb in male-dominated societies such as India. "It paints a pretty dire picture of what`s happening," said Lakdawala, MSU assistant professor of economics. In India, while it`s illegal for a doctor to reveal the sex of an unborn baby or for a woman to have an abortion based on the baby`s sex, both practises are common, Lakdawala said.
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