SSecret Squirrel (21-05-2016)
Thanks everyone for contributing and keeping it civil. The other thread got very angry very quickly so am glad this has stayed good.
Honestly, this is a topic that I have no idea what I think. For me personally I would not do it. But if someone else wants it then should we stop it? Is it a decision that hurts other people?
I just do not know.
Honestly I think gender preference is incredibly selfish as a parent. But so is having a large family (I have 4 kids so completely agree that having lots of kids is selfish when the world's resources are so depleted).
So many things we do as parents can be categorised as selfish. Who can say one is ok and another isn't?
I think in regards to this debate, it's probably likely gender selection for family balancing will be back on the table in Australia in the near distant future. It used to be allowed, and currently the US has pretty strong links with Australian clinics to do it over there.
Bit uncertain myself...
Genuine question -
PP's have raised the issue of what will happen if an embryo is selected based on the parent's preconceived idea of that gender (eg. Having a girly girl to dress up), and the fallout if the child doesn't live up to those expectations. However, if that parent can't gender select and ends up with gender they didn't prefer, then won't the fallout be somewhat the same?
Pregnant for the first-time?
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