A few examples:
The 4:2:1 problem; firstly, we don't have a 1 or 2 child policy, so it's more likely there will be siblings to share the load *if* we choose to care for our parents that way. We have the aged pension and super funds, so there isn't the same financial burden on adult children as in China or India. It's also generally not taboo to put our parents in nursing homes, we don't have the same issue of husband and wife caring for 4 elderly parents.
Preference of male offspring - although females do still have a long way to go before they're truly equal, the number of people that would use sex selection for a male or abort a healthy female would be nowhere near the amount as in those countries. I'd guess we would be pretty even in terms of what sex people would choose, so it wouldn't have the same implications.
Also, I read that the mortality rate in female infants is higher in India, compared to males, and this is in part to less medical care provided to females. Once again, I couldn't imagine that happening here.
I know that I'm the one that raised the possible implications of a sex imbalance, but I suppose I've answered my own question after reading further. It's unlikely to be an issue here. So thanks for pointing me in that direction, Sonja
So I looked at all that and thought hell no I want girls!
But it would never have advanced from a wish or a desire. I would never have acted on it or done anything to make girls happen for me.
To be honest I'm wary of messing with nature. Doing IVF is a hard enough head spin for me and it upsets me greatly when people say my kids are going to have problems down the line because they are the product of IVF. So I personally feel going one step further and requesting an embryo be sex selected for me is just going too far.
Would I have gone through IVF unnecessarily to have a girl? No.
If I went through IVF anyway and was asked which embryo to use I probably would have request a female one.
Would I have loved and cherished a son if I had one? Of course.
Honest question, if you take sperm sorting out of the equation, and had the choice from already fertilised embryo's (a la Chrissy Teigen), does it bother you as much?
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