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Sex selection means choosing the sex of a future child, either before or after conception. In most of the world, it is used to promote the birth of boys, which exacerbates discrimination against girls and women. Prenatal screening followed by sex-selective abortion is still the primary means of ensuring sons, and has created lopsided sex ratios in countries such as India and China. New technologies such as sperm sorting and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which provide additional ways to select sex, are being openly promoted in the United States.

Sex selection raises concerns about exacerbating sex discrimination and violence against women, and normalizing the "selection" and "design" of children. The use and marketing of sex selection technologies are largely unregulated in the United States. Although the ongoing attacks on abortion rights complicate efforts to address even pre-pregnancy methods, a number of countries—including Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom—prohibit "social" sex selection without affecting abortion rights.

Should Women Be Able to Abort a Fetus Just Because It’s Female?by Emma GreenThe AtlanticMay 16th, 2016A new wave of state legislation that prohibits abortion based on sex, race, and genetic abnormality, is "meant to put women in this queasy position of having to justify two things that might not fit together in one political belief."
As China’s one-child policy ends, surrogacy services rise in the U.S.by Kevin SmithSan Gabriel Valley TribuneApril 30th, 2016“I’ve been contacted by 15 to 18 agencies out of China... 90 percent of them don’t have any patients. They’re just new agencies trying to make a buck."
Turning to technology when nature isn't enough for pregnancyby Marion CallahanBucks County Courier Times / The HeraldApril 9th, 2016“Gender is not a disease; it's a preference. Once you start doing it for preferences, not medical reasons, you are opening a door to a big slippery slope.”
Gender Selection As Part Of Advanced Reproductive Technology: Does The U.S. Prefer Boys Or Girls?[citing CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Amy SchaefferThe InquisitrApril 9th, 2016Some are concerned that selecting a non-disease preference like gender will pave the way for gene editing other preferred traits.
10th Anniversary Baby Markets Congressby Elliot HosmanApril 7th, 2016Legal scholars, social scientists, advocates, and filmmakers grapple with assisted reproduction.
The Return of Eugenicsby Fraser NelsonThe Spectator [UK]April 2nd, 2016Emerging prenatal genetic screening technologies are creating a "new" eugenics not so ideologically different from that of the past.
Jordan Schnitzer Gets a Son—and a Court Battle[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Nigel JaquissWillamette WeekMarch 16th, 2016A Portland real estate mogul used science and the law to select the sex of his child born via surrogate. The baby's parentage is now in dispute.
Altering human embryos giving rise to designer babies [Video][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]March 14th, 2016Tall, olive skin, brown hair, and blue eyes, these aren't descriptions found in an online dating profile. They are choices to those who are sperm shopping. CCTV America's Shraysi Tandon reports on the recent advancements in reproduction and fertility technologies.
Center for Genetics and Society Comments on Just-Released Report on Germline Mitochondrial Manipulations[Press statement]February 3rd, 2016The National Academy of Medicine's report conclusion – that no ethical or policy considerations stand in the way of clinical investigations going forward – seems at odds with the many cautions, risks, and concerns that it raises.
Expanding Notions of Discrimination: Genetic Information & Competitive Sportsby Craig KlugmanBioethics.netOctober 16th, 2015The International Olympic Committee has new hormonal guidelines to segregate athletes into two competitive sex categories.
Surrogacy as an Iceberg: 90 Percent Below Waterby Emma ManiereBiopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2015While agencies market surrogacy as a fulfilling “journey,” they also caution prospective consumers about ethical and financial pitfalls. These contradictory messages reflect the true complexity of commercial surrogacy.
[Nepal] Gendercideby Geha Nath KhanalKathmandu PostOctober 13th, 2015Sex-selective abortion has increased in Nepal. From 2007-10, 742 girls were born for every 1,000 boys.
UNESCO Calls for More Regulations on Genome Editing, DTC Genetic Testingby StaffGenomeWebOctober 6th, 2015The organization's International Bioethics Committee reaffirms its support for a moratorium on modifying the human germline.
What If Tinder Showed Your IQ?by Dalton ConleyNautilusSeptember 24th, 2015Hypothetical scenarios from a future in which human genetic engineering is pervasive.
We Shouldn’t be Allowed to Choose our Children’s Sex[Australia]by Tamara Kayali BrowneThe Ethics CentreSeptember 16th, 2015Sex selection is a product of, and perpetuates, false assumptions about gender that keep men and women “in their places.”
Sex-Selective Abortions Lead Indian Men far Afield for Bridesby Associated PressNew York PostSeptember 10th, 2015A stark shortage of young women in India leads to brides being brought from afar, despite linguistic and cultural differences.
Choosing Children’s Sex Is an Exercise in Sexism[Australia]by Tereza HendlThe ConversationAugust 23rd, 2015Australian guidelines for ethical use of IVF allow sex selection for medical reasons. But draft guidelines now open for public submissions may allow the choice for social reasons.
Fertility Clinics Let You Select Your Baby’s Sexby Sumathi ReddyThe Wall Street Journal“Family balancing” can become a smoke screen for families who want boys. Nonmedical sex selection is legal in only a few countries, including the US; medical organizations are split on the issue.
A BC Alum's New Site Links LGBT Couples With Egg Donors, Sperm Donors & Surrogatesby Rebecca StrongBostInnoJuly 13th, 2015Bird Meets Bee, an ART matchmaker website launching in October, would feature customizable user profiles and filter criteria such as "LGBT status, heritage, hair color, eye color, or height."
Eliminating Intersex Babies Is not a Legitimate Use of Genetic Embryo Testingby Celeste OrrThe GuardianJuly 11th, 2015Using preimplantation genetic diagnosis to select against embryos with culturally devalued bodies, like intersex people and people with disabilities, is simply a contemporary example of eugenics.
China Tackles Illegal, Prenatal Sex SelectionUCA NewsMay 1st, 2015Authorities will target clinics and agencies “suspected, but never caught” carrying out tests that allow parents to determine the sex of their child.
China Says Its Gender Imbalance "Most Serious" in the World by Reuters staffScientific AmericanJanuary 22nd, 2015The National Health and Family Planning Commission said it would step up supervision on fetal sex determination, which is banned in China.
The Future of Conceptionby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 8th, 2015Numerous writers took advantage of the ending year to look broadly at just how drastically we are changing the process of baby-making, and what it all means for society.
Gender Selection in a Brave New Worldby John KassChicago TribuneDecember 27th, 2014Jayne and Jon Cornwill, an Australian couple, recently came to America with a bit of trouble. What the Cornwills wanted was a little girl.
Private Hospitals Carrying Out Illegal Gender SelectionSaudi GazetteDecember 18th, 2014Private Saudi hospitals are providing preconception sex selection procedures. Many wives fear their husbands will replace them if they do not conceive a boy.
Couple Spends $50K to Choose Baby's Sex, Shining Light on Trend[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Beth GreenfieldYahooDecember 5th, 2014What if a boy wants to write poetry? What if a girl wants to play basketball? Not wear dresses? Announce that she’s transgender?
Breaking from our Eugenic Pastby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesNovember 13th, 2014As the victims of North Carolina's eugenics program finally receive compensation, we should not celebrate "the new eugenics" as some have argued, but learn carefully from this history.
MPs Vote to Make Sex Selection Abortion Illegalby Georgia GrahamDaily Telegraph [UK]November 4th, 2014MPs vote 181 to 1 for a motion brought forward by a cross-party alliance in an effort to end uncertainty over the law.
Vietnam Still Plagued by Sex-Selective Abortionsby Thao Vi - An DienThanh Nien NewsSeptember 23rd, 2014Vietnam must crack down on its misogynistic mindset to stem sex-selective abortions and its gross gender imbalance.
San Francisco Lawmakers Could Pass Resolution Against Sex-Selective Abortion Bansby Nina Liss-SchultzRH Reality CheckSeptember 10th, 2014A resolution opposes sex-selective abortion bans on the basis that they perpetuate racial stereotypes that are harmful to women and communities of color.
Gender-Biased Sex Selection an Extreme Form and Manifestation of Gender Discrimination and Inequality Against Women, Say UN Women and UNFPAUN WomenAugust 18th, 2014The sharply declining child sex ratio in India has reached emergency proportions and urgent action must be taken to alleviate this crisis.
Gender-Based Sex Selection Practice on the RiseDeccan Herald [India]July 29th, 2014A recent United Nations study has pointed out the worsening trend in gender based sex selection practices – elimination of girl child during pregnancy – in the country.
In Thailand, Baby Gender Selection Loophole Draws China, HK Women to IVF Clinicsby Byron Kaye and Khettiya JittapongReutersJuly 15th, 2014A Hong Kong mother and her husband wanted a second child. To make sure it would be a boy, they paid $9,000 and flew to Thailand, the last place in Asia where sex selection is legal.
China Approves DNA-Sequencing Devices to Detect Genetic Defects in Unborn Babiesby Angela MengSouth China Morning PostJuly 3rd, 2014Controversial testing products for prenatal detection of birth defects get the green light.
Brides For Sale: Vietnamese Women Trafficked to Chinaby Cat BartonAFPJune 25th, 2014Women from countries including Vietnam, North Korea, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar are being forced into marriages in China, where there is one of the worst gender imbalances in the world.
Report Debunks Conservative Case for Sex-Selection Abortion Bansby  Jessica Mason PiekloRH Reality CheckJune 4th, 2014The new report identifies six major inaccuracies commonly associated with legislation seeking to ban sex-selection abortions.
Danish Company Offers Gender Selectionby Alina ShronThe Copenhagen PostMay 15th, 2014Ads promise that parents can both choose their baby's sex and avoid it getting hereditary diseases, and that there is no waiting period for donor eggs.
Preference for Sons Hurts Mothersby Gayle Tzemach LemmonCouncil on Foreign RelationsMay 1st, 2014A recent paper released by the World Bank suggests that son preference could be doing more than skewing sex ratios in India: It may be partly responsible for driving high mortality rates seen among mothers in India whose first child is a girl.
Is it a Boy?by Eloise LyntonThe Harvard IndependentApril 4th, 2014Today, the use of PGD to select gender is a multi-million dollar enterprise. I would argue that prenatal gender selection is worrisome both from an ethical and societal standpoint.
South Dakota Governor Signs Sex-Selective Abortion Banby Teddy WilsonRH Reality CheckMarch 31st, 2014South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill Wednesday to punish any physician in the state who is found to perform sex-selective abortions.
Abbott Launches Sweeping Review of IVF EthicsSunshine Coast Daily [Australia]March 17th, 2014The ethical rules governing the use of egg and sperm donations, embryos, surrogacy and sex selection for IVF patients could soon be overhauled, with a sweeping review underway.
Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Highlight Faultlines in the Reproductive Rights Movementby Eesha PanditRH Reality CheckMarch 12th, 2014The South Dakota bill that would ban “sex-selective” abortions is a means to an end — the end, of course, being banning all abortions.
GOP Lawmaker: We Need to Ban Sex-Selective Abortions Because of Asian Immigrantsby Molly ReddenMother JonesFebruary 25th, 2014"The racism and the stereotypes and the stigma is laid so bare here," says Miriam Yeung, the director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum.
Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?by Seth Stephens-DavidowitzNew York TimesJanuary 18th, 2014Google searches suggest that American parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny. Among those looking for information on sex selection, there is about a 10 percent preference for boys.
The UK's Deplorable Witch Hunt Against Asian Women by Marge BererRH Reality CheckJanuary 16th, 2014Since The Telegraph's sex-selective abortion sting last year, there's been a witch hunt against abortion providers that is now threatening to become the equivalent of stop-and-search against Asian women.
Illegal abortion of female foetuses by some ethnic groups who favour sons has reduced female populationby Keith PerryThe Telegraph [UK]January 15th, 2014Some ethnic communities in Britain are requesting illegal abortions on grounds of sex, according to a Telegraph investigation.
Sex Selection Issue Continues To Haunt Indo-Canadian Community With Data Showing High Ratio Of BoysThe LinkJanuary 11th, 2014Community and health leaders are calling for an open dialogue about the cultural values that lead to sex selection.
How Big a Deal Are the Changes to China’s One-Child Policy?by Joshua KeatingSlateNovember 15th, 2013The notorious one-child policy has been criticized for leading to a rise in sex-selective abortion.
GPs Told They Must Warn Patients Against Having Sex-Selective Abortions by Daniel MartinThe Daily MailOctober 24th, 2013The UK's Chief Medical Officer will write to all family doctors to make it plain that abortions carried out solely on the grounds of the sex of the child are wrong.
Health Chiefs Plan to Ban Adverts for Overseas Baby Sex-Selection Tripsby Christy ChoiSouth China Morning PostOctober 20th, 2013Health chiefs are set to slap an advertising ban on Hong Kong businesses that offer medical tourism packages for the growing number of couples who want to choose the sex of their babies.
The Rise of Gender Selection among Middle Eastern Couplesby Rachel WilliamsonMiddle East MonitorOctober 17th, 2013Couples throughout the Middle East are turning to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to choose male embryos.
Roy Morgan Poll Shows Most Aussies Oppose Sex Selection for Babies by Kieran Campbellnews.com.auOctober 10th, 2013The first comprehensive poll of Australian attitudes towards sex selection shows only one in five people support it.
Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Rob SteinNPROctober 9th, 2013The FDA will consider whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.
Canadian LGBTQ Families and Assisted Reproduction by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 9th, 2013A major series of news articles describes "the emerging world of gay parenthood and surrogacy" in Canada — and abroad.
The Arlene Bynon Show[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Arlene BynonThe Arlene Bynon ShowOctober 7th, 2013Marcy Darnovsky discusses 23andMe's recent "designer baby" patent with on a national affairs program broadcast on SiriusXM.
Court dismisses lawsuit over Arizona's "race- and sex-selective" abortion banby Katie McDonoughSalonOctober 4th, 2013A judge dismissed a challenge to a law that reproductive rights advocates say forces doctors to profile patients.
Girls Not Allowedby Vanessa BairdNew InternationalistOctober 4th, 2013Honest regulation of sex selection, however tricky to enforce, is necessary because individual acts are having extremely harmful collective consequences.
Center for Genetics and Society Calls on 23andMe to Disavow “Designer Babies”: Controversial New Patent Raises Critical Questions [Press statement]October 2nd, 201323andMe's new patent is an irresponsible step that amounts to shopping for designer donors in an effort to produce designer babies.
Gendercide in the CaucasusThe EconomistSeptember 21st, 2013The practice of aborting female foetuses is found mostly in China and other Asian countries. But it is prevalent in the Caucasus, too. Two new studies look at why—and suggest the practice may spread.
Don’t Use India’s Missing Girls to Deny Women Reproductive Rightsby Mallika DuttRH Reality CheckSeptember 16th, 2013The attention to son preference by the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee should be cause for celebration, but the people shaking their fists the hardest about the issue are actually those who are most hostile to women’s rights.
Ethical Minefield of Parents in Controlby Neil McMahonThe Sydney Morning HeraldSeptember 14th, 2013Designer babies - their gender, personality traits and skin color chosen by genetic testing - are a looming reality. But are we ready to confront this minefield of ethics?
The Politics of Sex Selective Abortion Bans in the UK and the USby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 12th, 2013Recent publicity in the UK, and lawsuits and legislative hearings in the US, are a reminder that right-wing activists make cynical use of the sex selection issue to restrict women's reproductive rights.
Republican Lawmakers Criticize Indian Government for Failing to Stop Sex-Selective Abortionsby Matthew PenningtonAssociated PressSeptember 10th, 2013A Congressional panel convened by a staunch opponent of abortion rights heard conflicting testimony about how to address sex selection in India.
The Campaign Against Sex-Selective Abortion is a Cynical Effort to Take Choice Away from Pregnant Women by Sarah DitumNewStatesmanSeptember 9th, 2013Sex selective abortion is abhorrent, and it must be prevented. But the Telegraph's campaign against it is part of its long-running attack on abortion provision.
Pro-Choice Feminists Should be More Appalled than Anyone by the Sex-Selection Abortion Storyby Tom ChiversThe TelegraphSeptember 6th, 2013Earlier this year, undercover reporters for this newspaper found that doctors in British clinics were willing to perform abortions on foetuses for no other reason than its sex. Pro-choice feminists need to address this honestly.
Gender Abortions: Criminal Charges Not in 'Public Interest' Says CPSby John Bingham, and Claire NewellThe TelegraphSeptember 4th, 2013UK doctors who agreed to arrange illegal abortions based on the fetus' sex won't face criminal charges, despite prosecutors admitting there is enough evidence to take them to court.
Sex-Selective Abortion Bans: Just Another Right-Wing Ruse by Katie McdonoughSalonAugust 19th, 2013A lawsuit by National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and other groups says bans on sex-selective abortions are just another way to limit women's rights.
DOH Mulls Infant Gender-Selection Curbs For Sex Ratioby Alison HsiaoTaipei TimesJuly 1st, 2013Taiwan’s skewed boy-girl ratio of newborns is a serious issue, the health agency said, after drawing fire for its gender balance policies.
Groups File Suit Against Arizona Law that Bans Abortion Based on Race, Gender Selectionby Howard FischerEast Valley TribuneMay 29th, 2013A coalition of rights groups are suing to overturn a two-year-old Arizona law banning abortion for race or gender selection.
Sex-Selective Discrimination Common in Indian Wombs: US StudyHindustan TimesMarch 31st, 2013Indian women carrying male foetuses are likelier to receive pre-natal medical care than their counterparts pregnant with girls, a new research by American scientists suggests.
Are Parents Entitled To Create A Dream Child? [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]HuffPost LiveMarch 29th, 2013What if science allowed prospective parents to create smarter and healthier babies? This idea is just as exciting as it is alarming, but is it realistic? Should it be?
Indian Women Stand Up to Husbands Who Demand Sex-Selective Abortionsby Carl GierstorferThe AtlanticMarch 28th, 2013The country strongly prefers boys at every stage of life. Here's how some mothers are trying to change that.
Selling the Story: Down Syndrome, Fetal Gene Testing, and The Today Showby George Estreich, Biopolitical Times guest contributorBiopolitical TimesFebruary 28th, 2013On The Today Show, a couple learns the results of a noninvasive prenatal test. Left unanswered are questions about the effects of new technologies, and how those technologies are sold.
Study: Sex-Selective Practices May be Common in Families of Indian Doctorsby Rama LakshmiThe Washington PostFebruary 13th, 2013Doctors’ families in India are having more sons than daughters, reports a new study in the American journal Demography, implying that they too may be engaging in illegal sex-selective abortions.
Sex Selection and Violence Against Women: Global Challengesby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 10th, 2013As important as it is to understand the differences across the globe, it is also crucial to consider – and to confront – the similarities and interlocking dynamics.
More Female Fetuses Aborted in Europeby Claudia HennenDWJanuary 7th, 2013Sex selection is not just a problem confined to China and India: New statistics show skewed sex ratios in favor of boys in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.
Rape in India: A Result of Sex Selection? by Erika ChristakisTimeJanuary 4th, 2013Behind the angry protests over the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student is an even deeper story: the preference for male babies in India and much of the world may be at the root of this senseless violence.
As a Girl in India, I Learned to Be Afraid of Menby Mira KamdarThe AtlanticJanuary 4th, 2013Sex-selective abortion, female infanticide and the sheer neglect of girls have made for a growing gender gap in India. In the wake of the brutal gang rape of a young paramedical student in Delhi, Indian citizens have taken to the streets to show their outrage.
HealthWatch: More Parents Deciding Sex Of Children [Video][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Kim MulvihillCBS San FranciscoDecember 28th, 2012More Bay Area parents are spending thousands of dollars to predetermine whether their child will be a boy or girl.
Gendercide Stingsby S.A.The EconomistDecember 18th, 2012A lawyer and women’s rights activist is taking an unusual approach to India’s skewed sex ratios.
Girls R Us: Sex Selection, Sound Bites and Weak Databy Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorNovember 21st, 2012Evidence-light provocations about “the end of men” notwithstanding, sex selection for sons remains a growing global crisis.
Making Babies, Just to Make Ends Meetby Susan StraightThe New York TimesNovember 3rd, 2012After learning that her neighbor became a surrogate to pay the bills, the author finds out more about what it's been like for her to rent out her womb.
Indian Activist Urmi Basu: Sex Selection Fuels Human Traffickingby Viji SundaramNew America MediaSeptember 24th, 2012The practice of gender selection, grinding poverty among the people and the stifling caste system have contributed to making India the country with the largest number of human trafficking victims in the world today.
How To Buy A Daughter[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky] HuffPost LiveSeptember 18th, 2012Gender selection procedures make up a $100 million per year industry. But are women embracing a new reproductive freedom or paying for risky, high-tech eugenics?
How To Buy a Daughter: Choosing the sex of your baby has become a multimillion-dollar industry[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Jasmeet SidhuSlateSeptember 14th, 2012The US is one of the few countries that allows preimplantation genetic diagnosis for prenatal sex selection, which could have negative consequences for parents and children alike.
British Couples Flying to US For Banned Baby Sex Selectionby  Stephen AdamsTelegraph [UK]August 28th, 2012Dozens of couples are flying to the US every year to choose the sex of their babies, a practice banned in Britain three years ago.
Researcher Accused of Misleading Pregnant Women by Sara ReardonNew ScientistAugust 9th, 2012A doctor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine has been prescribing a controversial drug to pregnant women to treat a rare genetic disorder in female fetuses.
Changes for India’s ART Industry?by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesAugust 6th, 2012The recent death of a surrogate in India, along with new information about the 2010 death of a 17-year-old who had repeatedly sold her eggs, have built support for regulation of assisted reproduction. A draft bill would provide some safeguards, but Indian women’s health advocates say other provisions “leave much to be desired.”
Wisconsin Ruling Prevents Most Insurers From Denying Benefits to Surrogatesby Gina BartonMilwaukee Journal SentinelAugust 4th, 2012The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that insurance companies cannot deny coverage based on circumstances of pregnancy.
More Couples Seek to Select Child Gender / 90 Couples Went to Thailand for Diagnosis in '12by The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Daily Yomiuri July 17th, 2012At least 90 Japanese couples have traveled to Thailand to receive preimplantation diagnosis for sex selection purposes this year, a procedure not allowed in Japan.
India Suspends Doctors Over Banned Fetal 'Sex Tests'Daily NewsJuly 17th, 2012Twelve Indian doctors have been suspended for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has widened India's gender gap.
Euroscience Open Forum 2012: DNA Gene Testing 'Will Screen Out Lovers'by Telegraph ReportersThe TelegraphJuly 13th, 2012A British professor has suggested that couples will soon be able to choose their life partner solely based on the compatibility of their genes instead of through love.
One of Five Million: Contemplating Fertility Treatment and Embryo Selectionby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJuly 12th, 2012Five million people have been born using in vitro fertilization. Though the technology has become safer and less expensive, it warrants attention because of the open door it provides for embryo selection.
Woman Sues FDA Over Right to Select Her Own Sperm Donor by Meghan NealNew York Daily NewsJuly 4th, 2012An anonymous California woman is suing the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates sperm banks, for the right to use an unregulated sperm donor.
Designer Babies in Popular Cultureby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJune 21st, 2012The Whitest Kids U’Know’s comedic parody of genetic counseling is reminiscent of a similar scene in GATTACA.
1,400 Girls Not Born in Armenia Annually Because of Sex-Selective Abortions - ReportNews.amJune 15th, 2012The report, issued by the United Nations Population Fund with the assistance of Armenia's Health Ministry, documents the impact of sex-selective abortions.
First Gay Couple to Become Fathers in UK Spend £65K to Ensure Next Child is a Girl by Sadie WhitelocksThe Daily Mail (UK)June 12th, 2012The first same-sex couple in the UK to have their names listed as parents on a birth certificate have traveled to the US and spent over $100,000 on specialist IVF treatment to ensure that their next child is female.
Learning the Right Lessons from Eugenicsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 12th, 2012Ross Douthat's column in The New York Times makes some valid points and some spectacularly ill-judged ones.
Son Preference and Sex Selection in America: Why It Persists and How We Can Change Itby Sujatha Jesudason and Anat Shenker-OsorioRH Reality CheckMay 31st, 2012Empowering families, communities, and societies to root out biases and alter their own behaviors without shaming, blaming, or curtailing the rights of women is our only real hope of tackling this issue.
Sex Selection, Politics and U.S. Lawby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 31st, 2012A cynical attempt to make access to abortion harder by banning selective-abortion failed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bill Banning ‘Sex-Selective Abortions’ Fails in the Houseby Ed O'KeefeWashington PostMay 31st, 2012A measure to ban abortions based on the sex of a fetus failed to pass in a House vote. Opponents of reproductive rights will try to use the vote against Democrats.
Another Anti-Abortion Sting – This Time, Trying to Blame Planned Parenthood for Sex Selection by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMay 15th, 2012An anti-choice sting operation aims to convince Americans that confronting sex selection is best done by restricting reproductive rights.
Will Gattaca Come True?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Mara HvistendahlSlateApril 27th, 2012Noninvasive, early fetal tests for sex, paternity, and chromosomal conditions will change pregnancy dramatically — and raise tricky ethical questions.
Mara Hvistendahl's Unnatural Selection Finalist for Pulitzer by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 26th, 2012Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men has been cited as one of the best books of 2011 by many publications, and has now been recognized by the Pulitzer Board as a finalist for the General Nonfiction award.
Vietnam's Parents Want a Dragon Sonby Marianne BrownThe Guardian [UK]February 14th, 2012The desire for a male heir is particularly strong in an unusually auspicious year.
Boy or Girl? Why Dads Want Sons, but Moms Want Daughters.Women strongly prefer daughters while men wants sons, a study finds. Could this lead to sex selection?by Bonnie RochmanTimeJanuary 19th, 2012A Canadian survey finds significant preferences about the preferred sex of offspring; a medical journal editorializes that parents shouldn’t learn their baby-to-be’s sex until after 30 weeks of pregnancy.
Canadian Doctor’s Suggestion to Delay Revealing Baby’s Sex Ignites Controversy over ‘Feticide’by Megan Ogilvie and Raveena AulakhToronto StarJanuary 16th, 2012Health-care workers should not reveal the sex of a fetus to parents until after 30 weeks of pregnancy, the editor of the country’s top medical journal says.
Unnatural Selection: Is Evolving Reproductive Technology Ushering in a New Age of Eugenics? [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Carolyn AbrahamThe Globe and MailJanuary 7th, 2012Modern day assisted reproduction offers a whole new approach to baby-making, one that gives people an unprecedented power to preview, and pick, the genetic traits of their children.
The Daughter’s ReturnA glimmer of hope in the sad tale of sex-selective abortion in IndiaThe EconomistDecember 31st, 2011Recent evidence suggests that India’s sex ratio at birth swung from 924 females per 1,000 males in 2004-05 to 977 in 2011, a turnaround in favor of girls that breaks with census data.
UNFPA Armenia Presented the “Prevalence and Reasons of Sex Selective Abortions in Armenia” ReportPublic Radio of ArmeniaDecember 19th, 2011A recent report suggests that Armenians who select for sex prefer boys around six times more than girls.
Republican Bill Exploits Concerns about Sexism and Racism to Undermine Abortion Rightsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesDecember 15th, 2011Opponents of abortion rights are deploying a disingenuous tactic – claiming deep concern about sex selection and abortions purportedly based on race – to promote their cause.
Bill Would Ban Abortions Based on Sex or Raceby David Crary, Associated Press National WriterABC NewsDecember 6th, 2011House Republicans sponsor a bill to ban abortions based on sex, race; critics call it ploy to undermine broader rights.
Sex Selection Game-Changer? New Fetal Gene Test Reveals Sex at 7 Weeksby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesNovember 9th, 2011New non-invasive prenatal testing will enable parents to know a fetus's sex, Down's status, and possibly other traits dramatically earlier in a pregnancy.
A California Fertility Clinic Promotes High-Tech Sex Selectionby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesSeptember 22nd, 2011High-tech methods legitimize sex selection in general, and serve as a rhetorical door-opener for the prospect of selecting other traits.
Sex Selection Blares on World Bank’s Radarby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 21st, 2011The World Bank’s 2012 World Development Report, entitled “Gender Equality and Development” recognizes sex selection as a global issue perpetuating gender inequality.
Sex Selection: Not only Asia’s Problem, Says Council of Europe by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 15th, 2011A committee of the Council of Europe approved a draft resolution and recommendations for addressing the growing problem of sex selection in Europe.
Parents could be barred from knowing the sex of their unborn baby by European ruling by Laura DonnellyTelegraph [UK]September 11th, 2011Medical staff should be instructed to "withhold information about the sex of the fetus" according to a draft resolution passed by a Council of Europe committee.
More S'poreans Going Abroad for IVF to Choose Baby's GenderAsia OneAugust 22nd, 2011More and more Singaporeans are heading overseas for medical procedures which allow them to choose their babies' gender.
Pro-choice women's health and public interest advocates voice concerns regarding fetal gene tests for sex and trait selectionAugust 22nd, 2011Tests raise concerns about the well-being of children, women and families and the prospect of testing for additional traits other than sex.
If You Really, Really Wanted a Girl...by Pam BelluckNew York TimesAugust 20th, 2011Tests using DNA to determine a fetus’s sex were shown to be remarkably accurate, but the tests also raise ethical questions: whether couples will abort fetuses of an unwanted sex.
Concerns about fetal gene tests for sex and trait selection [video][Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]Al Jazeera (English)August 12th, 2011Al Jazeera English television station examines the impact of a new fetal gene test for sex and trait selection.
Test Can Tell Fetal Sex at 7 Weeks, Study Saysby Pam BelluckNew York TimesAugust 9th, 2011A simple blood test can determine a baby’s sex as early as seven weeks into pregnancy. Will it encourage the more ethically controversial step of selecting the sex of children?
"I Know It's a Girl, and I Need Your Help To Get It Out of Me."by Sunita PuriSlateAugust 2nd, 2011Sex selection happens in the United States, too—and doctors need better guidelines for dealing with it.
The Abortion Trap: How America's obsession with abortion hurts families everywhere[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Mara HvistendahlForeign PolicyJuly 26th, 2011How America's obsession with abortion hurts families everywhere.
Sex Selection and Asia's "Missing Girls"[MP3 audio; with CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Michelle ChenAsia Pacific Forum, WBAIJuly 11th, 2011What are the social, cultural, economic and technological factors driving sex selection and what are the consequences?
Hypocrisy or Irony? Right-Wing Media and Abortion [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Cynthia DillHuffington PostJuly 10th, 2011Sitting in his ivory tower reserved for men only in Portland, Maine, an editorial writer blames "feminists" for a world where boys are valued much higher than girls.
Council for Responsible Genetics Explores New Fetal Gene Test Methodby Emily BeitiksBiopolitical TimesJuly 6th, 2011A recent report by the Council for Responsible Genetics assesses non-invasive prenatal genetic diagnosis and emerging ethical questions.
Are Skewed Sex Ratios In America’s Future? by Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJune 30th, 2011Might technological shifts turn Americans’ preference for sons into a full-blown son preference?
Americans Prefer Sons To Daughters, Survey FindsHuffington PostJune 24th, 2011If Americans could have only one child, they would prefer that it be a boy rather than a girl, by a 40% to 28% margin, with the rest having no preference or no opinion on the matter.
More Boys than Girls – A Growing Problemby Dita FaulknerEmpowHERJune 9th, 2011The Center for Genetics and Society stated that sex selection is geared toward the parent’s wants and desires.
Indian women in US also go for sex selection to have sonsThe Times of IndiaJune 8th, 2011Under cultural pressure to have sons, some Indian immigrant women in the US are aborting female foetuses, according to a study conducted by researchers at UCSF.
New GeneWatch Issue: Bioengineering Animalsby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesJune 8th, 2011The new issue of GeneWatch explores the ethics of designing animals' traits.
The Consequence of Unnatural Selection: 160 Million Missing Girlsby Marcy DarnovskyMs. Magazine BlogJune 6th, 2011Mara Hvistendahl's new book provides a deeper understanding of sex selection around the world and makes an urgent case for confronting it.
Sex-selection clinics to be put out of business soon[India]by Kounteya SinhaThe Times of IndiaJune 5th, 2011The moves come with the 2011 Census showing that the sex ratio stands at 914 girls for every 1,000 boys in the 0-6 age group.
As Wealth and Literacy Rise in India, Report Says, So Do Sex-Selective Abortions[India]by Jim YardleyThe New York TimesMay 24th, 2011According to a new study, the number of sex-selective abortions is up sharply among more affluent, educated families.
Abortions skewing gender ratio[Taiwan]by Vincent Y. Chao and Shelley HuangTaipei TimesMay 17th, 2011Taiwan’s gender imbalance trails only South Korea and China in East Asia because of the cultural emphasis on having boys, who can carry the family name.
Selecting for Sons: Indian Women in the USby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesApril 27th, 2011How do Indian immigrants to the US experience the easy availability of sex selection technologies?
One Step Closer to Designer BabiesNew Noninvasive Prenatal Genetic Testing Could Change Human Pregnancy Foreverby Marcy DarnovskyScience ProgressApril 22nd, 2011A new approach to testing the genes of early-stage fetuses could radically alter the experience of pregnancy and parenting from as early as five weeks, leading to a potentially dangerous moral quandary.
A Campaign Against Girls in Indiaby Nilanjana S. RoyThe New York TimesApril 13th, 2011Women’s groups have been documenting this particular brand of gender violence for years.
FDA Questions Sex Selection for "Family Balancing" by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesApril 11th, 2011Is the agency changing its view of pre-pregnancy sex selection?
India Census Reflects a Grim Reality for Girlsby Diksha SahniThe Wall Street Journal BlogMarch 31st, 2011New census numbers show improvements in some states, but overall a widening sex-ratio gap among children.
Brewer signs bill to ban race- and sex-selection abortions[Arizona]by Tessa MuggeridgeThe Tucson SentinelMarch 31st, 2011The Republican governor has signed into law a bill making Arizona the first state to ban abortions based on the race of a fetus and one of the few to ban abortions based on sex.
New film depicts a genetically engineered, anti-gay future by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesMarch 17th, 2011Nisha Ganatra’s Beholder depicts a future in which children are genetically designed and homosexuality is screened out of the population.
How far would YOU go to choose the sex of your child?by Julie MoultThe Daily Mail (UK)March 16th, 2011Sex selection is banned in Britain. But as this disturbing investigation reveals, thousands of couples get around the law by going abroad to pre-select their baby's sex.
IVF parents travel overseas to pick baby's sex [Australia]by Amy CorderoyThe Sydney Morning HeraldMarch 8th, 2011A leading IVF clinic is helping clients choose the sex of their baby by sending them to an overseas clinic it co-owns, avoiding Australian rules which allow the practice only for medical reasons.
Criminal Surrogacy Ring Exposed in Thailandby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 2nd, 2011Police in Thailand have broken up a criminal operation, apparently based in Taiwan and with an office in Cambodia, that sold the services of Vietnamese women as surrogates.
On the scales: Social justice and pluralism in reproductive tourismby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorFebruary 1st, 2011Bioprospecting for eggs or colonizing wombs are not morally equivalent to bargain hunting or bypassing prejudice about who may become parents.
Assisted reproduction and choice in the biotech age: recommendations for a way forward[Editorial]by Francine Coeytaux, Marcy Darnovsky, Susan Berke FogelContraceptionJanuary 1st, 2011An editorial in the journal of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.
Let's talk about sex: boys or girls?[Australia]by Amy SimmonsABC News (Australia)December 22nd, 2010Most Australians are opposed to choosing the sex of their child, despite an overwhelming desire by many to have one boy and one girl.
Fertility’s Mega-Mallby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2010The “Fertility Show” in London literally displays how the ART industry is commidfying fertility.
The £300 test that can tell a baby's sex just seven weeks after conception[United Kingdom]by Matthew Kalman and Sophie BorlandThe Daily MailNovember 1st, 2010Will a new blood test that detects sex early in pregnancy encourage sex selection?
Nobel Prize reflects IVF's acceptance as medical procedure[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Kevin B. O'Reillyamednews.comOctober 18th, 2010Nobel laureate Robert G. Edwards' innovation has resulted in more than 4 million children born since 1978.
Nobel Award for IVF Sparks Speculationby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2010The Nobel Prize awarded to Robert Edwards, for developing IVF, provoked some disturbing speculation.
International Survey of ART Releasedby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 23rd, 2010The International Federation of Fertility Societies has just released Surveillance 2010, the 5th edition of a triennial global survey of the assisted reproduction industry.
Oh, No, It's a Girl! South Asians Flock to Sex-Selection Clinics in U.S.[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Viji SundaramNew America MediaAugust 31st, 2010For those with roots in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, sex selection is often not freely chosen.
Top IVF doctor defends offering help for parents to pick babies' sexby Lisa AdamsDaily RecordJuly 29th, 2010MEET the doctor who is making Scots' dreams of designing the perfect baby come true.
How Far Would You Go? Public Interest Collaborative Announces First-Ever Web Series for Parents on Technologies that Could Alter Human NatureMother’s Day launch to spark grassroots discussions about new reproductive and genetic technologiesMay 5th, 2010A new website and series of short videos on the complex challenges of new reproductive and genetic technologies.
BioConversations: Taking the Biotech Discussion Public by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMay 5th, 2010Introducing the first web series for parents about technologies that could alter human nature.
Struggling to Control Fertility Tourismby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2010Several countries are trying to figure out what to do about their citizens who go abroad for assisted reproduction procedures to evade local prohibitions (or just to save money).
Delay revealing gender of fetus to curb sex selection: Expertsby Tom BlackwellNational PostApril 12th, 2010Two medical experts are calling for doctors to not tell expectant parents the sex of their fetus until late in a pregnancy, as a subtle way to curb sex selection.
Sex selection: Getting the baby you wantby Amanda MitchisonThe GuardianApril 3rd, 2010The author meets couples traveling from the UK and heading abroad – where the sex selection business is booming.
Health Minister 'uncomfortable' over parents picking children's sex [Australia]by Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Lindy KerinAustralian Broadcasting Corporation NewsMarch 13th, 2010Australia is reviewing whether to allow any parents who use IVF to select their baby's sex, but its Health Minister would be uncomfortable about allowing it.
Missing Girls in Asia: Two Frameworksby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMarch 11th, 2010What happens when modern reproductive technology enables son preference? Tens of millions of girls have died as young children due to neglect, have been killed as infants, or were never born due to sex-selective abortions.
The worldwide war on baby girlsThe EconomistMarch 4th, 2010Technology, declining fertility and ancient prejudice are combining to unbalance societies
Sex Selection: Tools for Actionby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesFebruary 10th, 2010Information, political education activities, and policy suggestions for reproductive rights and justice advocates.
Marcy Darnovsky on genetic gender selection [MP3 audio][Features CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]KALW CrosscurrentsJanuary 12th, 2010CGS's Darnovsky discusses sex selection with Hana Baba for KALW's Crosscurrents
Baby gender test after just five weeks is research holy grailby Kate SikoraThe Daily TelegraphJanuary 12th, 2010A blood test that can determine the gender and genetic abnormalities in a unborn baby as early as five weeks has proven to be successful.
Skewed China birth rate to leave 24 million men singleAgence France PresseJanuary 11th, 2010More than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves without spouses in 2020 according to a study.
Sex selection just a mouse click away [India]by Sanchita SharmaHindustan TimesNovember 20th, 2009Popular Internet portals Google and Yahoo may be breaking Indian laws by carrying ads of sex selection clinics.
Two doctors sent to jail for propagating sex determination tests [India]Press Trust of IndiaNovember 2nd, 2009Two doctors were sentenced to three years imprisonment by a local court in India for propagating sex determination tests.
Land of the Rising Sonby Stephanie NolenThe Globe and MailSeptember 19th, 2009The skewed sex selection in India is worsening in some of the richest neighborhoods of the country. The reasons – and solutions – have government and activists stumped.
The Gray Areas at the Edges of Regulationby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 26th, 2009The UK experience with regulation continues to offer lessons, as sperm sellers are arrested, US companies promote sex selection to Britons, and an MP has his DNA removed from the police database.
US clinic offers British couples the chance to choose the sex of their childby Alice FishburnThe Times (UK)August 22nd, 2009A new US clinic is appealing to British couples who want to pick the sex of their next child - a process that is banned in the United Kingdom.
Doctors to lose jobs for revealing baby sexCourier MailJuly 11th, 2009Vietnamese doctors who reveal the sex of a fetus to parents could lose their licenses, state media reported today.
Vietnam to destroy 30,000 sex-selection booksAgence France PresseJuly 3rd, 2009Vietnam, concerned that too many boys are being born, will destroy more than 30,000 copies of books instructing couples on how to have a baby of their desired sex.
Pro-choice questions about abortion for sex selection and disabilityby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJune 24th, 2009Former Catholics for Choice president Frances Kissling urges pro-choicers to confront tough issues.
Family Unbalancingby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 16th, 2009The New York Times is reporting on evidence that Americans of Chinese, Indian and Korean descent have a statistically significant preference for male children.
U.S. Births Hint at Bias for Boys in Some Asians by Sam RobertsNew York TimesJune 15th, 2009Census data on births among Asian-Americans may reflect not only a preference for male babies but also a growing embrace of sex selection.
IntelliGender release raises abortion fearsCourier MailMay 10th, 2009A test that claims to determine the sex of an unborn baby only eight weeks into a pregnancy will be available in Australian pharmacies.
Scientific American on Regulating Designer-baby Technologies by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMay 8th, 2009The editors of one of the most prestigious American popular science magazines call for greater oversight of the baby business.
Countries with laws or policies on sex selection [PDF]by Marcy DarnovskyApril 16th, 2009This memo contains a chart showing the 37 countries that have adopted national policies on sex selection, and excerpts from six countries' policies.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008A Commentaryby David KingApril 15th, 2009The director of Human Genetics Alert offers an analysis of the UK's new law governing human genetic and reproductive technologies.
China's birth limits create dangerous gender gapby Alexa OlesenAssociated PressApril 10th, 2009China's sex ratio imbalance is expected to steadily worsen among people of childbearing age over the next two decades and could trigger a slew of social problems.
23andMe Targets Mommies-to-Beby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2009The personal genomics company's new target is pregnant women. Are early-stage fetuses next?
Southern California: Ground zero for fertility clinic shenanigansby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesFebruary 25th, 2009The websites of fertility clinics openly offer procedures that violate professional guidelines.
It's a boy! Asian immigrants use medical technology to satisfy age-old desire: a sonby Mike SwiftSan Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 7th, 2009Researchers are finding the first evidence that some Asian immigrant families are using U.S. medical technology to have sons instead of daughters
Public Opinion, Here and Abroad by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2008In the last few days, two interesting public opinion polls on stem cell research, cloning, and related topics were released.
Where a baby girl is a mother's awful shameby Gethin ChamberlainThe ObserverNovember 23rd, 2008In India, the pressure to have sons is terrifying. Now mothers are being urged to 'save the girl child' as the country tries to end decades of tragic abuse.
British Couples 'Choosing Baby Gender' at Clinics Abroad by Alastair JamiesonTelegraphOctober 30th, 2008British couples are choosing the sex of their babies at clinics abroad which offer the procedure illegally, according to an investigation.
Google, Microsoft pull sex ads after India legal threatAgence France PresseSeptember 18th, 2008Internet giants Google and Microsoft have pulled adverts for sex selection products and other services considered illegal in India after being threatened with legal action.
Google India runs ad for illegal baby sex test kitby Erika KinetzAssociated PressSeptember 11th, 2008Last month, activist Sabu George filed a petition against major internet portals with India's highest court, asking the companies to pull gender selection advertisements.
Girl babies, boy babies, gender expectationsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesAugust 25th, 2008"Parents who put a great deal of store in expectations about gender may turn out to be disappointed."
Now, They Go Abroad for Made-to-Order SonLocal docs help affluent couples in Maharashtra beat the lawby  Mayank Tewari Daily News and AnalysisAugust 16th, 2008The Indian state of Maharashtra is losing its daughters to sons pre-selected at in vitro fertilisation (IVF) laboratories abroad and delivered in India.
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo Sued for Sex Selection Ads in India by John RibeiroIDG News ServiceAugust 14th, 2008Microsoft, Google and Yahoo were issued notices by India's Supreme Court on Wednesday, following a complaint that they were promoting sex selection through advertising and links on their search engines.
Here, Blue Still Wins Over Pinkby Radhika OberoiThe Times of IndiaAugust 5th, 2008If the child sex ratio of India is anything to go by, a baby boy is still the preferred progeny. The dismal sex ratio trends are a telling comment on an educated society that refuses to rid itself of its regressive male bias.
Public interest groups step up challenges to sex selection in Indiaby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJuly 21st, 2008A new report chronicles the ongoing - and in some areas, worsening - practices of sex selection and neglect of girls.
[India] Gov't to review implementation of PCPNDT (Sex Selection) ActTimes of IndiaJuly 14th, 2008The Uttar Pradesh state government has decided to review the poor implementation of India's law prohibiting sex selection.
Skewed birth ratios raise fears of social crisis in VietnamAsiaNews/AgenciesJuly 10th, 2008Vietnam could experience a major social crisis as a result of a skewed birth rate.
Scientist: Don't fight sex selectionby Craig BorleyNew Zealand HeraldJune 25th, 2008Selecting the sex of babies will get cheaper, easier and harder to regulate against, says world-renowned human reproduction expert Professor Lord Robert Winston.
India Baby Girl Deaths 'Increase' BBCJune 21st, 2008The number of girls born and surviving in India has hit an all time low compared to boys, ActionAid says.
Kiwis consider sex selectionby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 20th, 2008The New Zealand Bioethics Council recommended allowing prospective parents to use sex selection through PGD for family balancing.
NZ IVF parents may get gender choiceBrisbane TimesJune 19th, 2008New Zealand parents involved in IVF programs could soon be allowed to choose the sex of their child if the government follows the advice of its Bioethics Council.
Sex selection: On sale hereby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesApril 24th, 2008A discount offer - on an ethically sketchy and unnecessary invasive procedure.
Sex selection by Asians in U.S. studiedby Randolph SchmidAssociated PressApril 1st, 2008A new analysis of the 2000 Census shows that among U.S.-born children of Chinese, Korean and Asian-Indian parents, the odds of having a boy increase if the family already has a girl or two.
Pre-natal Tests on Net a ThreatIndo-Asian News ServiceMarch 15th, 2008The advent of Internet has emerged as a new threat as overseas agencies are posting advertisements for sex determination services and equipment that can be used at home.
Sex selection: Consumer right or violence against women?by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesFebruary 27th, 2008Is the problem with sex selection that it's sometimes inaccurate, or that it's wrong?
Accuracy of gender test kits in questionby Karen KaplanLos Angeles TimesFebruary 24th, 2008Marketing directly to consumers, a new crop of companies has jumped into a realm of dubious science, mining DNA to offer information on ethnic heritage, long-lost relatives, personalized dieting plans -- even the sports for which one is best suited.
What to Expect in ’08: The Business of Baby-Makingby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 21st, 2008What next for the notoriously under-regulated and highly lucrative assisted reproduction industry?
Vietnam's Girls Go Missingby Kay JohnsonTime.comNovember 2nd, 2007Vietnam is the latest country to report an alarming skew towards boy babies, one that may lead to vast societal upheaval.
Bad news on sex selection in new UN studiesby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesNovember 1st, 2007A series of new studies by the United Nations Population Fund find that sex selection in Asia is persisting and spreading.
Gay couple buys 'designer' sons from USby Peta HellardThe Daily Telegraph (Australia)October 14th, 2007A gay couple has travelled to the US to buy "designer twin boys" through a surrogate mother at a cost of as much as $133,000.
ColorLines Features Race and Biotechby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesSeptember 24th, 2007Three terrific articles in "the national newsmagazine on race and politics."
New Technologies, Old Prejudicesby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesAugust 29th, 2007Sex selection in China is driven by a combination of traditional preference for sons and strict government policy that limits many couples to one child. An additional key factor is the availability of prenatal screening technology.
Technique able to sort for faster spermScience DailyAugust 24th, 2007The Universities of California, Irvine and San Diego have developed a rapid new sorting technique to screen for faster sperm.
Birth Without the Bother?by Nicholas D. KristofNew York TimesJuly 23rd, 2007"So where do we regulate and draw the line? My vote is to allow genetic technologies aimed at combating disease or infertility, but to bar any effort that goes beyond the curative to enhance the germ line DNA of our offspring."
A 'Wild West' way of telling baby's sex?by Rita RubinUSA TodayJuly 16th, 2007Several companies market blood or urine tests that they claim can reveal a fetus' sex as early as five or six weeks after the mother's last menstrual period.
Firm says test can tell fetus' sex at 6 weeksby MARIA CHENGAssociated PressMay 17th, 2007"Sex selection might encourage parents to view their kids as commodities," said Marcy Darnovsky, associate executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, a U.S.-based public-interest group.
New Home Test for Sex of an Embryo at Six Weeks Raises Concerns“Pink or Blue ® Gender Test” likely to lead to increase in sex selection, says public interest groupMay 4th, 2007A new home-based test for expectant mothers allows them to learn the sex of their embryo as early as at six weeks of pregnancy, claims the British manufacturer, DNA Worldwide. This will likely lead to an increase in sex selection, according to the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest group.
India's Skewed Sex Ratio Puts GE Sales in Spotlightby Peter WonacottWall Street JournalApril 19th, 2007GE has waded into India's market as the country grapples with a difficult social issue: the abortion of female fetuses by families who want boys.
General Electric profits on sex selection in Indiaby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMarch 8th, 2007The Washington Times reports on the scores of thousands of specially designed low-cost ultrasound machines that have been manufactured by General Electric and the Bangalore software company Wipro, and sold with the help of cheap credit offered by GE Capital Services India.
$40,000 for their designer daughterby Peta HellardHerald SunFebruary 14th, 2007AN Australian couple paid $40,000 to have controversial gender selection treatment in the US in order to have a baby girl.
Sex selection and the New York Timesby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesFebruary 11th, 2007When the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that it's unethical for doctors to participate in sex selection for "family balancing" or "personal preference" because doing so would support sexism, you'd expect a bit of media attention.
Girl or Boy? As Fertility Technology Advances, So Does an Ethical Debateby Denise GradyNew York TimesFebruary 6th, 2007"If people want to choose their baby’s sex before pregnancy, should doctors help?"
Parents Want Genetic Test for Disease to Choose Baby's Genderby Lonny ShavelsonVoice of America NewsJanuary 17th, 2007"The quest to identify fetuses carrying potentially fatal genetic diseases got a powerful tool in the early 1990s, with the development of Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis. PGD, as it's known, allows doctors to scan the cells of an embryo."
Sex selection is a problem. But a national security threat?by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 17th, 2007Feminist scholar and activist Betsy Hartmann has long cautioned that fears of “over-population” are being used to introduce coercive family planning practices. She is now flagging a new worrisome trend: conservatives who are pushing the view that sex selection in South Asia, which is causing what they term a “surplus” of unmarried young men, constitutes a threat to global and national security.
NPR discusses sex selectionby Parita ShahBiopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2006Check out what Sujatha Jesudason (CGS program director) has to say about this on an "All Things Considered" series on NPR.
Many Clinics Use Genetic Diagnosis to Choose Sex [offsite]by Lonny ShavelsoAll Things ConsideredDecember 20th, 2006A survey found that 1 of every 11 PGD treatment was for sex-selection alone, and that 42% of clinics offering PGD offer it for sex selection.
Opinion: Girl? Boy? And should we care?by Anita L. AllenPhiladelphia InquirerNovember 26th, 2006"Medically assisted sex selection raises ethical issues. It may be the first step on a slippery slope toward “designer babies.”"
Genetics and Justice [PDF]The Impact of Sex Selection in Asian Pacific American (APA) Communitiesby Emily GalpernNovember 6th, 2006Presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
The War on Gender: Global Sex Selectionby Parita ShahBiopolitical TimesNovember 2nd, 2006The recently released UN report on violence against women cites sex-selection and infanticide as growing problems. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert agrees. In his column today, Herbert writes appropriately that the news media is reacting to worldwide violence against women with little more than a “collective yawn.”
Survey of Fertility Clinics: Selection Technologies Widespread in the U.S.Genetic CrossroadsOctober 20th, 2006Half of U.S. fertility clinics that offer the embryo screening technique known as PGD say they allow couples to use it to choose the sex of their child, according to a survey recently released by the Genetics and Public Policy Center and published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
Half fertility clinics allow parents to pick genderAssociated PressSeptember 20th, 2006"Almost half of U.S. fertility clinics that offer embryo screening say they allow couples to choose the sex of their child, the most extensive survey of the practice suggests."
Where Do Babies Come From?by Will SaletanWashington PostSeptember 17th, 2006"In its early days, PGD targeted fatal childhood diseases such as Tay-Sachs. But a new survey of U.S. fertility clinics, scheduled for release this week by the Genetics and Public Policy Center (GPPC), suggests that the line is moving."
A Generation of Women Wiped Out? [PDF]by Carla PowerGlamour"It Sounds like science fiction, but in India it's all too real: Technology is being used to drastically reduce the the number of girls being born."
Chasing Chromosomes: Selecting for Sex[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Katherine SeligmanSan Francisco Chronicle Sunday MagazineJuly 23rd, 2006"Is gender selection a right-to-choose dilemma or simply a technological advance?"
Baby sex selection 'to be banned'BBC NewsJuly 12th, 2006"Choosing the sex of babies for social reasons will be banned, Health Minister Caroline Flint has said. "
Sex Selection Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to common questions concerning sex selection
Your Choice: Boy or Girl?by Jeannette MoningerParentsJune 30th, 2006Cutting-edge techniques can help couples conceive the baby of their dreams. But is that such a good thing?
Wealthy foreign couples travel to U.S. to choose baby's sexby Carla K. JohnsonAssociated PressJune 15th, 2006"The Chinese want boys, and the Canadians want girls. If they have enough money, they come to the United States to choose the sex of their babies."
New Forms of Sex Selection [PDF]June 13th, 2006A one-page overview of sex selection.
Mothers sue over gender test that promised 99.9% accuracyby Suzanne GoldenbergThe GuardianMarch 18th, 2006"In a class action lawsuit filed in the US district court in Boston on behalf of 16 women the makers of the Baby Gender Mentor are accused of breaking their promise."
The Challenges of Sex Selection [PDF]by Sujatha JesudasonMarch 8th, 2006Presentation at National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Briefing, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC
Women sue lab that promised to tell gender of embryoAssociated PressMarch 1st, 2006"Sixteen women have filed a federal class action lawsuit against a Lowell laboratory, claiming that it failed to accurately determine the gender of their embryos as it had promised."
The Future of Violence Against WomenHuman Rights & the New Geneticsby Sujatha JesudasonUS Women Without BordersFebruary 21st, 2006If we consider the different kinds of reproductive screening technologies promoted in the U. S. today, we can see the kind of troubling questions these technologies raise for women. Women's bodies are increasingly medicalized in these processes now, and women are under increasing pressures to produce particular kinds of children, whether they be of a particular sex or ability.
Opinion: Select one: a boy or a girl?by Ellen M. McGeeNewsdayJanuary 3rd, 2006"Humans always have cared about the gender of their offspring and over the centuries have used a variety of means, from herbal teas to infanticide, to attempt to get the boy or girl they wanted."
Fertility Doctors Announce Sex Selection "Clinical Trial" That Will Create Children For Experimental StudyGenetic CrossroadsNovember 10th, 2005
Baby Gender Mentor Is Fraudulent, Some Women SayGenetic CrossroadsNovember 10th, 2005
What If Not Enough Are Around [UK]Inter Press ServiceNovember 8th, 2005"A recommendation by a British parliamentary committee to allow a couple to select the sex of their child under certain circumstances is leading to new fears in Asian and African communities."
Govt to enforce PNDT Act vigorously to check sex ratio decline [India]Webindia123November 3rd, 2005"The government is going to vigorously enforce the pre-natal diagnostic techniques (PNDT) Act which has become more comprehensive and stringent following the amendments made in it."
Trial aims to measure social effects of choosing babies' sexNatureOctober 27th, 2005"US doctors have launched a clinical trial to assess the effects of allowing couples to select whether they will have a boy or a girl."
Questions Raised Over Accuracy of Gender TestNPR Morning EditionOctober 10th, 2005NPR News follows up on its recent story: 12 women now claim that the Baby Gendor Mentor was inaccurate, and the Illinois Attorney General is investigating.
Critics Question Accuracy of Fetus Sex TestNational Public RadioSeptember 29th, 2005NPR reports that there is no evidence to support the accuracy of a new test that claims to report the sex of an embryo as early as at five weeks of pregnancy.
Sex Selection in the United States: Implications for Anti-Violence Work in the South Asian Community [PDF]by Sunita PuriAugust 31st, 2005Presentation at AAROHAN 2005: South Asian Women RISE UP Against Violence, New Brunswick, NJ (September 9-11, 2005)
Opinion: Sex selection has a eugenic whiff, so let's call it family balancing insteadby Anjana AhujaThe Times [UK]August 22nd, 2005Anjana Ahuja asserts, "The use of the word 'balance' is deliberate. It slips more easily off the tongue than 'sex selection', which has an unfortunate eugenic whiff about it. It is hard to argue against 'balance' without seeming unreasonable."
Review seeks public views on baby sex selection [UK]The GuardianAugust 16th, 2005The public consultation on the future of the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will include whether to allow sex selection for "non-medical purposes."
B.C.'s health minister to raise alarm over baby-gender test [Canada]Vancouver SunAugust 15th, 2005The health minister of a Canadian province is taking action to prevent the importation of a kit which allows a woman to determine the sex of her fetus as early as five weeks into pregnancy.
Mentoring Gender, Selecting Sexby Osagie ObasogieBoston GlobeAugust 8th, 2005
Sex Selection [PDF]by Marcy Darnovsky and Sujatha JesudasonEncyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (Macmillan Reference USA)July 1st, 2005An entry by CGS's Darnovsky and Jesudason in this reference volume edited by Carl Mitcham.
Test reveals gender early in pregnancy: Ethicists fear use in sex selectionBoston GlobeJune 27th, 2005"A new blood test being marketed to American women offers them the chance to find out whether they are having a boy or a girl almost as soon as they realize they are pregnant, as early as five weeks along."
Sex Selection: The Old & New Challenges for Asian Women [PDF]by Sujatha JesudasonJune 20th, 2005Presentation at the National Asian Pacific American Women's National Leadership Institute and Membership Gathering, Seattle
Health Ministry blasted over decision to allow fetus sex selection [Israel]HaaretzMay 20th, 2005"The Health Ministry has been sharply criticized for its decision to allow parents to choose their baby's sex in cases defined as 'exceptional.'" A critic said, "[F]rom there the road to eugenics is short."
Boy or girl? You choose! [Israel]Jerusalem PostMay 18th, 2005A new committee in Israel will consider approving the use of PGD for sex selection for social reasons.
India still fighting to 'save the girl child'by Amelia GentlemanInternational Herald TribuneApril 15th, 2005"Over the past 15 years, as cheap ultrasound equipment has become readily available, the number of people deciding to abort female fetuses has soared, and despite government attempts to ban the practice, the number of girls being born has plummeted."
[UK] MPs say lift ban on reproductive human cloningThe ObserverMarch 20th, 2005A report from a committee of the UK House of Commons will recommend that human genetic modification, reproductive cloning, sex selection for social purposes, and human-animal chimeras should be permitted.
Indian State to Pay Families to Have Girlby Omer FarooqAssociated PressMarch 10th, 2005"A southern Indian state is offering to pay $2,300 to encourage families to have a single girl, part of an effort to reverse a dramatic drop in the number of female babies being born."
Firm hired to help find first stem cell chiefby Carl T. HallSan Francisco Chronicle February 4th, 2005Facing a May target for issuing its first stem cell research grants, directors of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine hired professional help Thursday to hunt for a chief executive while its first few staffers settle into temporary headquarters in the East Bay.
Shortage of girls forces China to criminalise selective abortionby Simon ParryThe Telegraph [UK]January 9th, 2005"The Chinese government is to make the selective abortion of female foetuses a criminal offence... in an attempt to tackle an unwanted side-effect of its 'one-child' policy."
Technology Allows Choice Embryo Screening Stirs Ethics Debateby Rob SteinWashington PostDecember 14th, 2004A long front-page article explores the growing use of sex selection for social reasons in the US
New Zealand LegislationGenetic CrossroadsDecember 2nd, 2004
Technology helps Indians choose baby's sexAustralian Broadcasting CompanyNovember 12th, 2004"The World Bioethics Congress in Sydney this week heard that despite laws limiting the use of prenatal and preconception technologies to diagnosing disease, such technologies were still being used to favour baby boys" in India.
It's a Boy! We Made Sure of Itby Kara PlatoniEast Bay ExpressNovember 3rd, 2004"Although still in clinical trials, the availability of gender selection for the masses has begun to permeate popular consciousness via the company's ads, which tout sperm sorting as a tool for 'family balancing.' "
In Search of Baby Perfectby Patricia ReaneyToday onlineSeptember 25th, 2004Singaporean couples are traveling to Malaysia for PGD, including for tissue typing and sex selection. "There are no legal guidelines for PGD to be performed in Malaysia."
Rush for designer babiesby Nick PappsThe Sunday Mail (Australia)September 5th, 2004"Hundereds of Australian couples are avoiding the law and buying designer babies in the United States_. While Australian women are selling their eggs for up to $20,000 a 'harvest.'"
Abbott seeks sex selection ban (Australia)by Suzanne SmithABC (Australia)August 30th, 2004Transcript of Australian TV program about using PGD for sex selection
GE babies banned - problems remain with HART bill (New Zealand)ScoopAugust 6th, 2004New Zealand's Green Party has reservations about the proposed regulatory structure for human genetic technologies.
India's Missing Women: Where Will All the Bachelors Go?by Ravinder KaurTimes of IndiaJuly 31st, 2004"The only road to redemption is for men to accept gender equality and welcome their girl children equally. Because it is these girl children who are going to look after them in their old age and not the 'preferred' sons!"
Boy or girl?The Lengths Some Couples Will Go To Select the Sex Of Their Child - And the Sticky Social Issues They’re Raising Along With the Babyby Beth WhitehouseNewsdayJuly 14th, 2004
NEWSDAY SERIES ON SEX SELECTIONGenetic CrossroadsJuly 9th, 2004
Boy or Girl?Do you think parents should be able to choose the sex of their future children?by Beth WhitehouseNewsdayJune 14th, 2004Society needs to have a serious discussion about the issue of gender selection, all involved say.
The Continuing Commercialization of Sex SelectionGenetic CrossroadsApril 9th, 2004
High-Tech Sex SelectionA New Chapter in the Debateby Marcy DarnovskyGeneWatchDecember 31st, 2003
UK Agency Recommends Stronger Rules on Sex SelectionGenetic CrossroadsNovember 24th, 2003
Background materials on sex selectionDistributed at Within and Beyond Human Nature conference, Berlin, Germany, October 2003Background materials on sex selection, distributed at Within and Beyond Human Nature conference, Berlin, Germany, October 2003
Sex Selection: New Technologies, New Forms of Gender Discriminationby Rajani Bhatia, Rupsa Mallik, and Shamita Das DasguptaOctober 1st, 2003
Sex Selection Goes Mainstreamby Marcy DarnovskyAlternetSeptember 25th, 2003
Sex Selection Moves to Consumer CultureAds for "Family Balancing" in The New York Timesby Marcy DarnovskyGenetic CrossroadsAugust 20th, 2003
A Walk Down Memory Lane [PDF]An Insider's Reflections on the Campaign against Sex-Selective Abortionsby Manisha GupteJuly 31st, 2003
“Do We Want Science to Reinvent Human Aging?”by Bill McKibben and Gregory StockTranscript of live debateMarch 27th, 2003
Letter to HFEA on Sex Selection by Tania Simoncelli and Marcy DarnovskyJanuary 22nd, 2003
UPDATE ON THE PUSH FOR SEX SELECTIONGenetic CrossroadsDecember 17th, 2002
The case against sex selection [PDF]Human Genetics Alert
Newspaper ads from Des Prades
A Less Valued Life [PDF]Population Policy and Sex Selection in Indiaby Rupsa MallikSeptember 30th, 2002
Ensuring Your Baby Will Be Healthy:Embryo Screening Test Gains in Popularity and Controversy; Choosing a Child's Genderby Amy Dockser MarcusThe Wall Street JournalJuly 25th, 2002
A Girl or Boy, You Pickby Aaron Zitner The Los Angeles TimesJuly 23rd, 2002Embryo sorting makes it possible to screen for gender and diseases. But the embryos no one wants raise profound ethical questions.
The New Eugenicsby Michael DorseyWorld WatchJune 30th, 2002
Designer Babies: Human cloning is a long way off, but bioengineered kids are already here. by Shannon BrownleeThe Washington MonthlyFebruary 28th, 2002
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