NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India plans to create a registry of all pregnancies to help curb widespread female foeticide and reduce its high infant mortality rate, although activists say the scheme will be hard to implement.Like so much else in India, it looks great on paper and simply won't work in reality. And what is an "acceptable and valid reason?" I thought it was all about whatever a woman chose? So what if a huge number of women choose to kill their unborn girls, even if it is under societal pressure? Again, the (legitimate) outrage at this practice simply underscores the moral incoherence of so much "pro-choice" rhetoric.
"With this, mysterious abortions will become difficult," Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury told the Hindustan Times.
The government wanted to ensure that abortions -- often carried out illegally with the aim of doing away with unwanted female foetuses -- were done for an "acceptable and valid reason", she said.
"This will help to check both foeticide and infant mortality."
Around 10 million girls have been killed by their parents in India in the past 20 years, the government says.
Some activists said the government's plan to create a pregnancy register in a country of 1.1 billion people -- where more than 50 percent of women deliver children at home without medical assistance -- was unrealistic.
"We cannot give elementary health services in a satisfactory way to most of our citizens, and to talk about registering pregnancies is ridiculous," said Alok Mukhopadhyay, head of the Voluntary Health Association of India.
"Public awareness, empowerment of women and extension of health services are key in fighting infant mortality and foeticide, as well as implementing the existing laws that forbid sex determination."