An Australian woman had an abortion when she learned she was having twin boys and is going to court for the right to have IVF again in the hopes of having a girl. Should couples be allowed to choose the sex of their baby this way?
It is sad to hear what some people will do to get what they want. An Australian couple aborted their twin boys, who were conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF), for the simple reason that they would prefer to have a little girl. Their case raises ethical questions about the idea of sex selection, which they plan on addressing with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, after their bid to chose the sex of their child via IVF was rejected. What do you think about this?
The couple, who already has three sons, wants a girl because their baby daughter died. The mother, who is in her 30s, said she loved her sons but would do anything to have a daughter. “After what we have been through we think we are due for a bit of luck,” her husband told the Daily Telegraph. “We know we definitely won’t be replacing her in any way, but want the chance to have the baby girl we don’t have.”
According to law in the Australian state of Victoria, sex selection is banned unless it is being used to prevent the risk of the transmission of a genetic abnormality or disease. All IVF clinics in Australia adhere to a code of ethics and follow strict guidelines on the use of sex selection.
The man says that sex selection should be determined on a case-by-case basis. “Girls will go and get abortions and terminate when they know it’s not the right sex,” he said. “That’s the reality.We think it’s our right to have a chance to do it. It’s ridiculous that sex selection is illegal, actually.”
Australian IVF pioneer Gab Kovacs agrees with the couple saying that he doesn’t understand why they would be banned from having a girl. “I can’t see how it could possibly harm anyone,” Professor Kovacs said. “Laws should be made to protect people from things that are going to damage them. Why should we make this illegal? Who is this going to harm if this couple have their desire fulfilled?”
The couple say that if the court doesn’t overturn the decision, they will come to the United States in order to conceive a girl. HollyMoms, what do you think about this situation?