A Texas couple has spent an estimated $100,000 on multiple in-vitro fertilization procedures to guarantee they will have a baby girl.
The case is one of many triggering a renewed debate over “designer babies” — preselected for sex and other traits, Fox News
Rose and Vincent Costa are expecting to deliver their daughter (they have two sons), after undergoing multiple fertility treatments.
The couple’s decision to pick her baby’s gender is part of the controversial trend of “family balancing” — determining the sex of an embryo before it is transferred into the woman’s uterus.
Costa conceived her sons, Gabriel, 15, and Igor, 13, naturally, but decided on IVF for her third child so she could be certain she would deliver a girl.
“All my life, I wanted to be the mother of a daughter,” she said. “I love my boys very much and wouldn’t change them for the world, but having a girl is really important to me.”
Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, which opposes such sex-selection, criticized the growing trend.
“It’s the entitlement mentality in overdrive,” she said. “Children are being made-to-order like Prada handbags.”
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