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BORDER CLINIC IGNORES FUROR

A California doctor says his fetal sex-scanning clinic on the U.S.-Canada border will remain open despite the furor it has created among Asian women's groups.

John Stephens, an Australian-born obstetrician who advertises that he can determine the sex of an unborn child at 14 weeks of pregnancy, has been accused of helping pressure Asian mothers into aborting female fetuses.

But Stephens, who has already indicated he hopes to open a similar clinic in Niagara Falls, N.Y., told Reuters he is simply providing a diagnostic service for women in Blaine, Wash., and has threatened to sue Canadian doctors who scoff at his patented ultrasound technique or his ethics.

Five months ago, Stephens opened his Koala Labs clinic just across the border from Vancouver to service a demand from the Canadian city's 100,000-strong Asian population.

Asian women's groups in Vancouver said Stephens was exploiting the well-known fact that in India and China male babies are far more highly prized than female ones.

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