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Friday, September 22, 2006

Sex Selection in Fertility Clinics

The New York Times reports that "Almost half of U.S. fertility clinics that offer embryo screening say they allow couples to choose the sex of their child, the most extensive survey of the practice suggests.  Sex selection without any medical reason to warrant it was performed in about 9 percent of all embryo screenings last year, the survey found. Another controversial procedure -- helping parents conceive a child who could supply compatible cord blood to treat an older sibling with a grave illness -- was offered by 23 percent of clinics, although only 1 percent of screenings were for that purpose in 2005. For the most part, couples are screening embryos for the right reasons -- to avoid passing on dreadful diseases, said Dr. William Gibbons, who runs a fertility clinic in Baton Rouge, La., and is president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, which assisted with the survey."

Read the whole story in the New York Times (last visited September 22, 2006 bgf)

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The article said that the tests "allow couples to choose the sex of their child".

That is a glaring error.

One does not choose the sex of the human being at his or her embryonic stage of life.

The parents's choice is made based on the desirability, to them, of their embryonic child's sex, and next, if the life of their child is desirable, to them.

Discarding human beings based solely on their sex is the ultimate in UNJUST sex discrimination.

How does a woman defend the right to choose to abort her child because that child is female and, if not discarded, she would mature to become another woman?

Also, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, is a test of the human being and not merely of genetic material. That material is unique to *that* unique human being.

Posted by: Chairm | Sep 25, 2006 6:58:41 PM

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