General Electric profits on sex selection in India

Posted by Marcy Darnovsky March 8, 2007
Biopolitical Times
The Washington Times has published a four-part investigative series (1, 2, 3, 4) on India's booming business in prenatal ultrasound examinations and sex-selective abortion to eliminate girls. The final article, titled "GE machines used to break law," reports on the scores of thousands of specially designed low-cost ultrasound machines that have been manufactured by General Electric and the Bangalore software company Wipro, and sold with the help of cheap credit offered by GE Capital Services India.

The Washington Times is the right-wing DC newspaper founded by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon. According to Wikipedia, the paper has lost money every year since it was founded in 1982, amounting to several billion dollars. Perhaps the cost of an investigative report - an endangered species at many newspapers - pales in the context of that much red ink.

On the other hand, a quick Google search reveals what WT did not: In 2006, Fortune magazine named GE number one on its Annual List of Most Admired Companies.