Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Objecting to sex selection

NY Science Times reports:
Regardless of the method, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes sex selection except in people who carry a genetic disease that primarily affects one sex. But allowing sex selection just because the parents want it, with no medical reason, may support "sexist practices," the college said in an opinion paper published this month in its journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Some people say sex selection is ethical if parents already have one or more boys and now want a girl, or vice versa. In that case, it's "family balancing," not sex discrimination.
I am always baffled at these sorts of ethical judgments from the pro-abortion crowd. The 1973 Roe v Wade decision said that a woman can terminate a pregnancy at any time during the nine months and for any reason. In fact, she does not even have to tell anyone a reason, or tell her husband she is getting one.

Abortion law is justified for the sake of "family planning". But if a family wants to actually do some planning, and plan to have a real live healthy baby boy or girl, these folks suddenly have all sorts of mysterious ethical concerns, and want to grill the parents for their reasons.

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