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CGS CONTRIBUTION TO UK’S PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON SEX SELECTION

Genetic Crossroads
February 7th, 2003

As part of the campaign against non-medical sex selection spearheaded by the British NGO Human Genetics Alert, CGS has submitted a statement to the United Kingdom’s Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority (HFEA). The HFEA is currently engaged in a process to solicit the public’s views on sex selection.

The CGS statement states, in part, that HFEA’s public consultation document “frames the consultation process around ‘risks to health’ and ‘reliability of outcome’ with little if any discussion of the overarching social and ethical implications associated with sex selection techniques. While health risks and reliability are important considerations, using them as the main criteria to determine a technique's acceptability precludes any discussion of social concerns or desirability of the technique, and assumes its inevitable use once conditions of safety and reliability are met.”

For the complete statement see
http://www.genetics-and-society.org/resources/cgs/20030122_hfea.html .

For more information on the HFEA, see
http://www.genetics-and-society.org/policies/other/ukhfea.html .

For Human Genetics Alert’s campaign on sex selection, see
http://www.joebutton.co.uk/hgmail/contact.php


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