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Fertility Clinics Let Parents Select Boy or Girl

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 01:19 PM


Fertility clinics used to have one purpose — to help a couple get pregnant. But many couples seeking assistance from fertility clinics today don't have fertility problems. Instead, they use the clinics to select the gender of their baby.

Called "family balancing," couples usually have a child or several children of the same gender, and want a baby of the opposite sex to "balance" their family.

The Fertility Institutes say that while sperm-screening techniques have success rates of 60 to 70 percent, their PGD (preimplanatation genetic diagnosis) is virtually 100 percent accurate.

PGD uses standard in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create embryos, but instead of immediately implanting them, the embryos undergo genetic testing . Initially, the technique was used to test for genetic diseases, but since it also reveals the sex of the baby, parents are using it to choose the sex of their child.

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 1 in 5 couples who visit HRC Fertility, a chain of nine fertility clinics in California, want to choose the sex of their child. The process, also called nonmedical sex selection, is illegal in many countries. It cost up to $20,000 a cycle, and it usually isn't covered by insurance.

"The growth part of our practice at this point is in fact the segment of the population that technically doesn’t have fertility problems," which includes same-sex couples and couples with genetic diseases, Dr. Daniel Potter of HRC Fertility told the Wall Street Journal.

Some opponents see gender selection as part of a slippery slope leading to eugenics, the science that tries to improve the human race by choosing desirable traits. Other clinics report many of their clients wanting nonmedical sex selection are from foreign countries that have a cultural preference for boys.

However, most of the fertility clinics that offer PGD say their requests are about even between clients wanting boys and girls, and some say they get more requests for girls.




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