Non Medical Sex Selection Should Not Be An Option Within Pre Implantation Genetic

753 Words May 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Choosing the sex of a child is no longer a hypothetical issue. New genetic engineering technologies have rendered the ability to use non-medical sex selection, choosing between a boy and girl, through pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. There have been many debates about non-medical sex selection, questioning whether or not it is an ethical procedure. Non-medical sex selection should not be an option within pre-implantation genetic diagnosis because it is an unnecessary decision that is not beneficial to either the parents or the child and can lead to negative consequences both within the home and throughout society.
To begin with, non-medical sex selection has allowed parents to choose the sex of their child out of personal preference. Having the ability to choose the sex of a child can lead to an imbalance of sexes. In a recent study by Sharp et al., it is noted that 78% of couples interviewed would choose to have a boy. If non-medical sex selection became commonplace, there would be a sex ratio imbalance. Other countries, such as India and China, have disparities among males and females because son preference is strong. It is clearly seen that this could become widespread throughout the world and hinder many challenges for generations to come.
Also, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is expensive. Choosing the sex of a child can average between $4000 and $7500 per cycle above the basic cost of in vitro fertilization (Whetstine, P. 549). Costs of pre-implantation genetic…

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