A leading medical ethicist said there is no evidence that the sex selection of embryos will harm children born from the procedure. He added that there was little risk of the technique leading to a major imbalance of the sexes within the wider population. In Britain, people are allowed to choose the sex of their IVF babies only if there is a good medical reason, for instance if there is a risk of a sex-related genetic defect such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects only boys.
Sex selection is the attempt to control the sex of the offspring to achieve a desired sex. It can be accomplished in several ways, both pre- and post-implantation of an embryoas well as at childbirth. It has been marketed under the title family balancing.
Editor's note: Vardit Ravitsky is an assistant professor in the bioethics program at the University of Montreal. CNN -- A new maternal blood test can determine a fetus' sex as early as seven weeks into a pregnancy. This achievement, reported last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is a potential boon to parents who fear their children are at risk for a sex-linked condition.
The development of in vitro fertilization in the s has revolutionized the treatment of infertility. In the US, procedures are performed per million people each year. The ability to culture embryos in vitro has allowed the development of preimplantation genetic diagnosis PGD. PGD is similar to the prenatal diagnosis used to screen for various genetic diseases before birth, but its advantage is that it allows the selection of certain embryos before their transfer back to the uterus and avoids selective pregnancy terminations.
Advances in modern medicine are resulted from unrestricted and unlimited research disregarding many essentials of a research including ethical issues. Following ethical issues, many of unwanted pregnancies and abortions can be avoided. Several factors such as medical issues including X linked disease, has encouraged couples to select traditional or modern techniques in selecting the gender of their children.
She believes electing to have a baby of a certain gender raises some challenging questions. You're not any more likely to treat the child badly because of its sex and it's your choice to make. But from the unborn embryo's point of view, valuing one sex over the other is discrimination.
Sex selection refers to the practice of using medical techniques to choose the sex of offspring. The topic of sex selection is particularly relevant to a discussion on gender and genetics because genetic technologies and services may be used to preferentially choose one sex over the other. Sex selection has a wide range of ethical, legal and social implications.
Michele Norris talks with Eric Cohen, director of the Biothics and American Democracy Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, about the ethics concerns over pre-implantation genetics diagnosis for embryo selection. Cohen says that while it's understandable why parents would want to avoid giving birth to a child with a life threatening disease, it opens up questions about devaluing the lives of people with disabilities, and the temptation to use the technology to try and have only "perfect" children. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.
CNN Many couples trying to conceive a child have at least some inkling of whether they want a girl or a boy. These preferences have made some resort to less-than-surefire methods, from taking vitamins to timing when they have sex in order to influence gender. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger.