Choosing children’s sex is an exercise in sexism

BY Tereza Hendl..

To stimulate public discussion, the draft offers five case studies that involve issues around “family balancing”, selection to “replace” a dead child, reproductive tourism, parental autonomy, and “slippery-slope” claims.These case studies provide examples of sex selection that suggest two arguments in its favour: first, that sex selection for family balancing is ethically more permissible than selection based on a strong gender preference. And second, that parents have the right to select their child’s sex based on respect for reproductive autonomy.But are these arguments convincing?

via Choosing children’s sex is an exercise in sexism.


One comment

  1. ianscyberspace · August 24, 2015

    It’s an interesting debate. I can understand the situation in Asia among rural folk as choosing boys ensures the family survives on the land they have available to them. Girls require huge dowries which the rural folk cannot afford. Yes that kind of discrimination sucks but it will take more than laws to turn that perception around. It’s cultural. There’s nothing more sickening than to find a live female child on an ant heap outside a village. We in the west with our pseudo-education have the luxury of selecting sex. I wouldn’t have wanted that “privilege” and am sincerely delighted with my two daughters. Ian

    Ian Grice

    Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:32:01 +0000 To:

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