An American fertility clinic is giving British parents access to a practice banned in UK
A new fertility clinic in New York is appealing to UK couples who want to create the 'perfect' family balance, giving parents-to-be the opportunity to pick the sex of their next child. The controversial practice, known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), is banned in the UK, except in cases where it could help screen for genetic disease.America relaxed its regulations on sex selection in 2001 and British couples have been inquiring about the Manhatten clinic's "family balancing" services through online advertisements.Jeffrey Steinberg, who opened the fertility clinic in January, said that half of the embryos currently undergoing tests in his laboratory belong to British parents."Britain is far more conservative than it used to be. They were the innovators but now they've got handcuffs on," said Dr Steinberg. "From a business standpoint, it's the best thing going. From a medical standpoint, it's a travesty."Should parents be able to choose the sex of their next child to create their perfect family balance? Let us know what you think.
Yep, I agree - medical reasons are OK, and I can see I'd want the option if I knew I had some condition that only a boy or girl would get from me... But just to get the 'perfect' family isn't. No such thing as perfect! Well, not when my family's involved anyway LOL!
I'm not a fan of this either TBH,but having said that if one sex carried a life threatening gene then I see the requirement-but personally I think if I carried such a gene I'd adopt rather than do that. It doesn't seem right IYSWIM?!
Each to their own I guess.
I think we should all feel blessed for our little cherubs, there are lots of people that cant have any children let alone choose their sex, it is not right, I totally agree that screening should be carried out to avoid passing on certain medical conditions but then to a degree we are still trying to play god I suppose.
There are great things to having a boy or a girl, and they each have their own problems why cant people just be overjoyed to be able to have a baby!
PS what does IYSWIM mean, sorry a bit of a novice on here.
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