May 13, 2009

Sex selection

Mom! Help!!Practical Ethics: Biting into the sour apple: liberal society, abortion rights and sex selection - I argue that there are no sufficiently compelling reasons to limit medical information or abortion rights in order to prevent sex selection.

For a longer version, see Fixing Sex Selection. Pro-choice and anti-selection attitudes seem to regularly collide, and genetic counsellors have a hard time resolving these contradictions. But I think the only consistent stands are to give parents pretty big leeway in how they select their children, or to prevent much of current reproductory freedom altogether. It is better to have a lot of freedom that rarely gets used because of cultural norms than to have a lack of freedom that often limits our actions.

Posted by Anders3 at May 13, 2009 03:21 PM