Although I am miles away from babies, I am familiar with the agonies and insecurities that most of my friends experienced on their way to parenthood. Why some wannabe parents tend towards the preference of the sex of their future child is so beyond me. Isn’t the element of surprise part of the pregnancy process in the first place? Despite the inner will of each parent, there comes a time when the gender is announced to both of them as an ultimatum. Some couples don’t even bother to find out; it’s revealed ultimately at the time of the birth.
Of course, the procedure of gender selection is still illegal in some countries, while in others it’s a flourishing business. Couples like the Simpsons and families like these can be the ideal victims for fertility experts and all this novel market of medicine.
I believe that it‚Äôs more a matter of missing the true meaning of bearing life, rather than an issue of morality or legitimacy alone. The humble desire for an able-bodied kid is replaced by the possibility to order a daughter or a boy. What happens if this demand gives way to new desires that will exceed the normal prenatal tests? I wonder how far human avidity can go and what could be foreordained in the future? Being able to choose exactly how pretty or intelligent the newborn girl will be? Instead of meddling in nature so drastically, it would be safer to return to the basic notion ‚Äòjust as long as it‚Äôs healthy.‚Äô
I am Danielle Trathen one of the little girls in the picture. Gender selection is actually safer than normal birth in the respects that the baby will be born healthily, this is because when the eggs from the mother are selected they are checked for any deformities or illnesses there could be, so stop writing about things you have no clue about. If you were clever you would have researched what you were saying and if you were a decent human being you would stop judging people for their decisions and get on with your life.
I’m sorry you’re unhappy with this post. All of our blogs are the opinions of the writer, and we strive to represent a variety of opinions on topics that impact girls. Magda was commenting on and responding to the perceived morality/immorality of PGD in reference to a 2010 article she read in the Guardian. This article on gender selection ‚Äì¬†a procedure currently banned in the UK for non-medical reasons ‚Äì featured your family, which is why we used the photo of you and your sister. If you like, I can replace the image with a different one.