Gender Selection Up for Debate Down Under

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Being able to choose the sex of one’s child is up for debate still in Australia, leading many intended parents to travel outside the country for reproductive care.

This said, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have called for public opinion on new guidelines for IVF clinics – specifically in regards to gender selection.

In an article in The Conversation the chair of the Australian Health Ethics Committee, Ian Olver, stated a number of reasons why this could be a relevant shift.

“Aside from such choices not yet being medically possible, the slippery slope argument may falter because there’s no natural progression between approving non-medical sex selection and approving being able to select other characteristics. Sex selection is a discrete choice around which a definite boundary can be drawn.”

Australians are already choosing the sex of their children, but they are “forced” to go to foreign clinics, in places like the U.S. or Thailand. Professor Olver says that this could be perilous, because “not all international clinics have the same standard of care that exists in Australia.”

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