Women In United States Paying $40K To Ensure They Have Baby Girls

Mon, September 17, 2012 1:00pm EST by 6 Comments
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American women are paying fertility clinics exorbitant amounts of money to gender-select their unborn children.

Though many find the process of gender selection highly unethical, many US fertility clinics are capitalizing on the preference of American women and charging $40,000 for a guaranteed little pink bundle of joy.
Gender selection or “family balancing” rakes in at least $100 million every year, with an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 procedures being performed, according to reports from Slate.com.

And it seems 80 percent of clients request baby girls.

“I’m not into sports. I’m not into violent games. I’m not into a lot of things boys represent and boys do,” Jennifer Merrill Thompson, author of Chasing the Gender Dream, said of her decision to choose the sex of her daughter.

The controversial procedure begins by harvesting a woman’s eggs and fertilizing them with sperm samples collected by the fertility clinic. After three days of incubation, an embryologist uses a laser to cut a hole through an embryo’s protective membrane and then picks out one of the eight cells.

Fluorescent dyes help the embryologist to see the chromosomes and determine whether the embryo is carrying the larger XX pair of chromosomes or the tinier XY. The remaining seven cells will go on to develop normally if the embryo is chosen and implanted in a woman’s uterus.

Though gender selection may be impressive from a technological standpoint, Marcy Darnovsky, director of the Center for Genetics and Society, worries that it may have negative social repercussions. “If you’re going through the trouble and expense to select a child of a certain sex, you’re encouraging gender stereotypes that are damaging to women and girls,” she explained. “What if you get a girl who wants to play basketball? You can’t send her back.”

What do YOU think about gender selection?

[Slate]

Jennifer Kamm

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Michael Ray Overby

Posted at 2:54 PM on September 23, 2012  

…Your article places an unusual Spin on this issue, In general we see the opposite in Gender Selection in countries like China & India, where ingrained trends towards Patriarchy lead families to favor Sons over Daughters. Either way, this is Most Troubling… Our deepest Human traditions regard babies as Divine Gifts of your Practical Immortality. Regardless of gender. All these people practicing these Culturally Flawed methods of gender selection should give some thought to their future. (Or look towards China! Is that what you Really Want?)

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Danni

Posted at 5:32 PM on July 13, 2013  

For most of modern history the number of births have been 106 boys to 100 girls. The extra males in the past have been used for war. In this modern times is is possible to accomplish the same tasks with less men. As a result we have a surplus of males. It is time to even off the odds.

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Mina

Posted at 1:36 PM on September 18, 2012  

Parents like that don’t deserve a Baby! So disgusting it’s a shame and I am thankful this is not allowed in my part of the world!

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Perk

Posted at 10:55 AM on September 18, 2012  

In some cases it’s ok. I am a mother of three boys. I would love a lil girl but I know that with my luck it will be a boy. I think they should do it like for every girl there must be a boy type of thing. For example if someone goes in and ask for a girl that couple would have to wait till there is another couple asking for a boy. that way we won’t have one sex more then the other.

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Danni

Posted at 5:31 PM on July 13, 2013  

For most of modern history the number of births have been 106 boys to 100 girls. The extra males in the past have been used for war. In this modern times is is possible to accomplish the same tasks with less men. As a result we have a surplus of males. It is time to even off the odds.

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tiki

Posted at 4:21 PM on September 17, 2012  

unless its a case of trying to avoid gender specific disabilities that run in your family, then no. you get what you get.

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