Definition of feticide in US English:


(British foeticide)


  • Destruction or abortion of a fetus.

    • ‘In Gujarat, too, all kinds of violence, including foeticide, has increased.’
    • ‘Experts think that the most important of these is female infanticide and foeticide which are practiced in our country.’
    • ‘Female foeticide and infanticide have become major areas of concern.’
    • ‘Even before birth, the body may be killed through induced abortion and other types of feticide, such as stabbing the fetus in the womb.’
    • ‘In June, at a workshop on female foeticide in Bangalore, I learned first-hand of certain techniques of contemporary journalism.’
    • ‘This has prompted voluntary agencies like the Kottayam-based Kerala Voluntary Health Services to promote a campaign against female foeticide.’
    • ‘With recent census figures showing an increase in the number of girls being sacrificed for the sake of a son, the problem of female foeticide is one that continues to haunt Indian society.’
    • ‘Support the Indian Medical Association in condemning the practice of female feticide and circulate national medical associations with a statement on the issue.’
    • ‘The ethical debate that underlies the legal and medical practice of female foeticide as practised in clinics is mockingly addressed in the family planning initiatives that have ironically triggered it.’
    • ‘Female foeticide is for those who can afford a clandestine ultrasound scan and illegal abortion.’
    • ‘In places where female infanticide was a customary practice, female foeticide has come in as a deadly substitute that is more convenient, less traumatic and equally effective.’
    • ‘First, laws treating feticide as murder do not need to define fetuses as persons.’
    • ‘A few prominent Jewish ethicists and halakhic experts dissent, seeing embryo destruction as potentially a prohibited form of feticide.’
    • ‘Female foeticide is one of the primary causes of the decline in child sex ratio.’
    • ‘The deep-seated bias in India against the girl child with the availability of the most modern scientific technique to determine the sex of the foetus has resulted in large-scale female foeticide.’
    • ‘But he made no promise to do something special to root out the practice of female foeticide.’
    • ‘In India too, with the strong son preference, female foeticide is on the increase.’
    • ‘Son preference, sex selection, female foeticide, whatever we want to call it, is a damning indictment of India in the 21st Century.’
    • ‘To make readers aware of the consequences of female foeticide, we fast forwarded to 2020.’
    • ‘The sudden fall in the number of girls in the youngest age group is believed to be proof of the increased incidence of sex selective abortions - or female foeticide.’
    termination, miscarriage
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