Saturday, August 27, 2011
More on the Ethical Questions Surrounding New Tests That Determine Fetal Sex Early in Pregnancy
The New York Times: If You Really, Really Wanted a Girl ..., by Pam Belluck:
This month brought news that could alter the landscape of American pregnancy.
Tests using DNA to determine a fetus’s sex were shown to be remarkably accurate, able to tell with 95 percent certainty as early as seven weeks into pregnancy, if a woman is carrying a boy or girl. The tests, which detect the fetus’s DNA in a mother’s blood or urine, are available in drugstores and online, and reports about their accuracy are likely to increase their popularity.
But the tests also raise ethical questions: whether couples will abort fetuses of an unwanted sex — as has happened in China and India, where boys now outnumber girls. The possibility discomfits many, and is also providing fuel for anti-abortion politics. . . .