Monday, June 10, 2013

Picking Your Child's Gender? Now Possible, with a Catch

My opinion:  I'm glad that these fertility clinics only do gender selection to avoid genetic diseases, or if the family already has multiple children of the opposite gender.  In Asian countries, though many people probably cannot afford this procedure, there are also a lot who choose to abort female fetuses.  What happens is that there are too many men over women, and it becomes difficult for men to find mates.  Not only this, but it also might become easier for the men to take control of most jobs and organizations, as there simply aren't enough women to follow.  I believe I read a statistic once that said that two thirds of third born children in Korea are male.  So it's clear that this occurs in Asian countries, but what if the procedure becomes less expensive in America and begins to occur more often here, as well?  Also, I wonder if it's possible for families to feign genetic diseases, or exaggerate the possibility that their kids might inherit one.  To what extent do the genes justify the gender selection process?  And finally, will we need new laws to prevent American from becoming imbalanced, and if so, how soon?  Feel free to comment.



Picking your baby's gender moves from 'old wives' tale' to common medical reality

by Emily Nelson
May 22, 2013

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Gender selection, the process of electively choosing the sex of a baby before implantation, remains a controversial topic but a steadily growing practice in the U.S.

Forty-two percent of fertility clinics in the U.S. performed elective gender selection procedures, according to a study completed by the Berman Institute of Bioethics at John Hopkins University.

It's not cheap - an estimated $15,000 for a procedure typically not covered by insurance.

Dr. Hisham Greiss at the Fertility and Cryogenics Lab in Downers Grove, explains how it works. Two-thirds of patients seeking the treatment at his clinic want boy babies. Most clinics, including Fertility and Cryogenics, will only perform the selection procedure to avoid gender-related genetic diseases or for family balance purposes, Greiss said. Family balance means the family already has two or three children of the same sex and wants to guarantee the next one is the opposite sex.

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