UK couples given chance to choose their baby’s sex

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.”


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