Ethical Issues on Gender Selection

malefemaleThere are three core motivations for engaging in sex determination and sex or gender selection:


Some people believe that gender selection for non-medical reasons raises serious moral, legal, and social issues. The principal concerns are that the practice of gender selection will

Other people think that it could be unethical only to offer a method of sperm sorting to select the sex of the baby.

On the other hand, some people are really concerned in what they consider the illegal art of discarding “potential babies” or the unnecessary creation of more embryos for fertility treatments than is needed. In fact, the statements of such ethicist dueling make an individual an “ethicist” agreeing and disagreeing with any of them.

Since there is no career or training to become a “professional” in ethics, this is more likely a moral matter based on each individual’s information about the facts involved with gender selection. Perhaps a decision may defer to that coming from an ethicist, but how can someone know whether a person can qualify as expert or authority in ethics?

Accepting gender selection could just like accepting freedom of speech. If a couple choose to select the gender of their offspring then they should not be concerned about society and society should not discriminate any child, or label them as so-called designer babies. The fact is that other than creating some ethical guidelines in gender selection, no one has enough authority to say what is right or wrong in bay gender selection.



Countries prohitbit gender selection (2009)

Country
Region
Policy
Austria
Europe
prohibited
Australia
Oceania
social uses prohibited
Belgium
Europe
social uses prohibited
Bosnia & Harzegovina
Europe
social uses prohibited
Bulgaria
Europe
social uses prohibited
Canada
North America
social uses prohibited
China
Asia
social uses prohibited
Croatia
Europe
social uses prohibited
Cyprus
Asia
social uses prohibited
Czech Republic
Europe
social uses prohibited
Denmark
Europe
social uses prohibited
Estonia
Europe
social uses prohibited
Finland
Europe
social uses prohibited
France
Europe
social uses prohibited
Germany
Europe
social uses prohibited
Greece
Europe
social uses prohibited
Hungary
Europe
social uses prohibited
Iceland
Europe
social uses prohibited
India
Asia
social uses prohibited
Israel
Asia
social uses prohibited
Italy
Europe
social uses prohibited
Latvia
Europe
social uses prohibited
Lithuania
Europe
social uses prohibited
Netherlands
Europe
social uses prohibited
New Zealand
Oceania
prohibited
Norway
Europe
social uses prohibited
Portugal
Europe
social uses prohibited
Russia
Europe
social uses prohibited
Singapore
Asia
social uses prohibited
South Korea
Asia
prohibited
Spain
Europe
social uses prohibited
Switzerland
Europe
prohibited
Turkey
Asia
social uses prohibited
United Kingdom
Europe
social uses prohibited
Vietnam
Asia
prohibited

Data from BioPolicy Wiki