Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Push to overturn Australia's sex selection ban

A LEADING IVF doctor wants Australia's sex selection bans overturned to help couples balance their families.

Prof Michael Chapman, from industry group IVF Australia, believes families that already have three or more children of the same gender should be allowed to use IVF to choose the sex of future offspring.

IVF pioneer and Monash IVF medical director Prof Gab Kovacs has also said that while sex selection for social reasons should not be encouraged, it should be available for the few cases where people have undergone counselling and are determined to proceed.

I wonder if Prof Gab Kovacs will benefit financially if changes to the law go ahead? Remember the “money men grab business” article?

What right do people have to decide which child embryo will live and which one will be discarded? The child is not an object to which one has a right, nor can he be considered as an object of ownership: Rather, a child is a gift, "the supreme gift" and the most gratuitous gift of marriage.

Sex selection can easily be used to reinforce social or cultural biases. In China, India and Taiwan, for example, where boys are generally valued more highly than girls, studies have shown that the introduction of even low-tech sex selection techniques (such as ultrasound imaging to detect girl fetuses, which can then be aborted) has led increasingly to skewed birth rates, with many more boys being born than girls. Sex selection has also led to a proliferation of specific sibling patterns in families with girls generally having older brothers, but boys rarely growing up with older sisters since those potential sisters were aborted or killed until a boy was born.

While pro-life Christians who resort to IUI or IVF would never consider having an abortion, they should keep in mind that the reproductive technology industry is institutionally dependent upon the destruction of human life. On average, women thirty-five and younger are impregnated with three to five embryos per cycle. Most IVF specialists discourage couples from transferring just one embryo, but approximately 66 percent of all ART births are singletons. At the same time, the overall live-birth success rate for ART is 29 percent. Hence, well over 70 percent of all embryos created through ART do not survive. Thousands more children who reach the fetal stage are killed via selective or "multifetal pregnancy" reduction, a euphemism used to refer to a first trimester abortion. Although the CDC does not disclose the exact number of multifetal reductions each year, the number of multifetal pregnancies accounting for miscarriages and induced abortions exceeds the number of multiple births by approximately 10 percent. A 1993 study found that 31 percent of multifetal pregnancies ended with miscarriage, while 27 percent ended with selective reduction. This Rock

Erosion of the traditional family occurs when man intervenes for the express purpose of providing would-be parents with options involved in selecting only perfect, designer-made-to-order children.

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