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Choosing the sex of your child. What are your rights, and what should they be?

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/couple-fight-to-choose-ivf-babys-sex/story-fn6ck45n-1225983876367

This is a story of Bio ethics vs individual rights, and there are as many opinions as people that you talk to.

My opinion has always been for individual rights as long as it does not impinge seriously on society. In this case, I cannot see how a handful of people wanting to chose the sex of their child is any business of the state, especially as this can be achieved by more radical means such as aborting foetuses of the "wrong" sex.

However, I am open to all opinions.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Monday, 10 January 2011 6:52:46 AM
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I'll bite.....The right to choose what sex, is still the females last word on the matter. I personalty would have a house of males only ( since their the least problematic of the two ) However, I agree with the selective breeding program, but as always......someone is loading their bullets right now:)

See...A world full of females, means less wars, but on the other hand, a world full males.....and the planet is doomed:) Now I can see all the gay lobbyist getting excited...down, down...boys, and as well the feminists groups just in one foul swoop....started ripping off their bra,s with burning them on their minds:)

This is what I thought was funny....."Choosing the sex of your child"

LOL........Now days,,,they could morph into anything:)

How about....just numbers down right across the board.

Five years on, on having children and five years off, on having them.

Plus the bonuses of having that gen cap....well....some old habits from the gen befour will no longer be that problem, will it.

Just a thought.

BLUE
Posted by Deep-Blue, Monday, 10 January 2011 1:16:42 PM
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Human rights should never be controlled by religions.
In fact no other reason for interfering could be found if you think about it.
Free choice and freedom from control by religion is my vote
Posted by Belly, Monday, 10 January 2011 4:16:14 PM
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I agree that under the circumstances that these two adults would wont to choose their next child sex rather than live their life wondering what could have been.

Losing a child is something that can continually tear at the fabrics of a personís heart for years to come over and over and over again.

The reason for wanting to make this choice is to remove that torment of loss they have already been submitted to by redirecting that love what could have been to what can be again.

Under science this is not a problem to achieve this choice these days, you can choose eye colours, skin type, anything genetic can be altered prior to development of birth.

This is a safe procedure that has had many years in experimentation of procedure.

We are a people these days with pacific needs and wants; why not get exactly what you want from the start, rather than something thatís not quite to expectation and pretending.

This is not playing god, this is giving this child every chance in life to be what is can be. We may live in a mirror denying reality but why burden peoples lifes with less than perfection just for moral judgement of approval of others.

We get things fix our selfís later in life, who says that doing these things prior is of any different.

You are the parents all is needed is mutual agreement between to couple for such processes, as its their child and their choice.

To many people is life try to be parents for other peoples children rather than perfecting their own parenting skills, plus the fact that what is perceived as right for one, is not always perceived as right for another.
Posted by BrettH, Monday, 10 January 2011 9:51:20 PM
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We only have to look at what happened in China when they brought in their 'one child policy', to be very cautious indeed in allowing just anyone to choose the sex of their child.

While IVF successes right now might run at about 15% chance of resulting in a pregnancy, the success rate may well escalate in years to come.

If we allow everyone the right to choose the sex of future children, will we end up with far more male children than females, as has happened in China?

If we have either too many boys, or too many girls born in a country at any one time, then there will be huge social and economic problems when they all reach maturity and start looking for partners.

I do feel for the couple in question, but they are by no means the only couple to have gone through the pain and disappointment of not getting a baby of their chosen sex.

They need to get over it and move on, for the sake of their sons.
Posted by suzeonline, Monday, 10 January 2011 9:59:22 PM
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Now, suzeonline, you are caught red-handed of being less tolerant to those who are different from you. :)

The situation in China is appalling with some more than 40 million men unable to find a female partner. However, can we use the example in China to deny the individual rights of this country?

China can find a way out of the situation by allowing multiple husbands in one household. More appalling? Who are we to say it is wrong? doesn't work? The fact is that in certain parts of China, people do practice polygamy where more than one husband living in one family.

Giving the current state of marriage in Australia, where the number of traditional 'normal' families is diminishing by the day, I can see no risk in allowing parents to choose the sex of their children, though I myself don't see such a practice commendable.
Posted by Peng, Tuesday, 11 January 2011 2:19:28 PM
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