Should parents be allowed to choose their baby's sex? | The Tylt

Should parents be allowed to choose their baby's sex?

With in vitro fertilization, aspiring parents can now choose their baby's sex. But critics argue sex selection is ethically dubious and could lead to a gender-imbalanced society (as is the case in China). In Australia, Canada, India and the UK, embryo sex selection technologies are banned. The World Health Organization says sex selection "raises serious moral, legal, and social issues."  Should parents have the right to pick the gender of their child?

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Supporters of sex selection say it doesn't make parents evil to have a preference. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen took a lot of heat when they revealed they had chosen their daughter's sex, but they argued it's nothing to be ashamed of. As long as you're choosing an embryo, what's wrong with choosing a gender?

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Critics of sex selection think choosy parents are superficial and undermine the whole concept of parenthood. Nuala Scarisbrick argued that

"...selecting the sex of the child reduces the child to a commodity and could have important sociological consequences. We have already seen what has happened in China where boys are more valued than girls."
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Couples who select their baby's sex have some interesting rationales that don't make sense to their critics, who argue good parents have higher priorities than their kids' clothes:

"I got sick of walking down the high street past BabyGap and seeing these delightful little girl outfits in the window and just getting this pang."
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But as Woody Allen famously said, "The heart wants what it wants." Does wanting a boy or girl necessarily mean you are superficial or going to be a mediocre parent? Maybe we should all just mind our own business.

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And let's be honest: while people freak out about IVF, the real sex selection is taking place worldwide through abortion. There are now 116 men for every 100 women in China, where gender selective abortion spiked in reaction to the one-child policy and ultrasound technology. If parents have the option to choose a gender, many of them are choosing—and choosing boys.

The selective abortion of female fetuses is most common in areas where cultural norms value male children over female children, especially in parts of East Asia and South Asia (particularly in countries such as People's Republic of China, India and Pakistan), as well as in the Caucasus, and Western Balkans.
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