Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Debate: Gender Selection

Posted by Mandy at 8:04 AM
Technology has done amazing things in the lives of many that have struggled with infertility. From medications that help a woman's body finally mature and release an egg to procedures to actually fertilize egg with sperm outside of the body and then place an embryo into the mother's womb. When does technology go to far?

There is a procedure now where infertility specialists can analyze and take a 'xy' (male) or a 'xx' (female) sperm with the specific purpose of giving a couple a child with the gender they request.

Debate: Should couples be allowed to choose their child's gender when undergoing IVF?

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6 comments:

deepfriedpicklesandicecream.wordpress.com on Tuesday, 18 November, 2008 said...

Heck no.
We arent God,when you go there,you are trying to play God,in my humble opinion.

Shelley on Tuesday, 18 November, 2008 said...

I would be really suprised if someone that is struggling with infertility would be "picky" about gender....

Mandy on Tuesday, 18 November, 2008 said...

Shelley, there are people that are seeking this as an option to get the gender of child they want, and they are not infertile. Instead of getting pregnant naturally and "taking the risk" of getting the unwanted boy or girl, they seek this option to make sure they get their special order baby.

My opinion on this is a bit mixed. I do not think that just anyone should be able to do gender selection. I can see dangers in the future like we see in China where boys are highly favored and because of that, there are too few women compared to men in that country. Also, it just creeps me out a bit. Children are blessings - boys and girls!

The only reason that I think this is positive is for couples that have genetic predispositions, or have had previous babies born, with serious birth genetic defects that are found more often in one sex over the other. I think that would be very rare... but would be a huge blessing to the families that needed it.

Lauren said...

No- it's a creepy idea. no one should play God

Sun-Kissed Savages on Saturday, 22 November, 2008 said...

Mandy, I agree. In most cases this should be out of the question!!!

However, things like Duchenne, the most common form of muscular dystrophy in children, affects only males. And it is hereditary. In most cases, the arms, legs, and spine become progressively deformed.
If I knew someone who was at higher risk of having a male child that could severely suffer...well, I wouldn't judge if they opted for a girl.

ash on Monday, 24 November, 2008 said...

I dont agree with this at all! God will never put on us more than we can handle... I just dont understand how or why people opt for these things!!!

Im in the pre reqs for respiratory health at SEARK i asked my teacher who teaches A and P what his thoughts were.... He said you get into some really dangerous situations when you go to messing with the the natural way of forming a baby...he said he wouldnt suggest it and there are a lot of risk with doing this! I have no clue and havent studied this.... he said give it time and you will see a lot of these issues lator on....

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