Voluntary Health Association of Punjab v. Union of India (2013)

The Voluntary Health Association of Punjab (“Petitioner”) filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court of India to examine the ways in which the Indian state governments have addressed the problem of sex-selective abortion in India. The Court examined the states’ actions to address the issue and implement the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition on Sex-Selection) Act, 1994 (“Act”). It also examined the various barriers that must be considered when states raise awareness of the legal status of sex-selective abortion.