Dutch sex selection clinic faces opposition

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:10

Attempts in the Netherlands to open the first private clinic offering sex selection on nonmedical grounds have so far failed in the face of opposition from doctors and politicians. The Gender Preselection Foundation was due to open in Utrecht last week, claiming to offer married couples an increased chance of choosing the sex of their second child. The clinic is licensed to practise the controversial sperm separation techniques of American doctor Ronald Ericsson.

The clinic claims a high rate of accuracy and quoted success rates of 70-80% experienced in similar clinics. Dutch in vitro fertilisation experts doubt whether a success rate of more than 60% is yet possible.

Treatment will be offered only to married couples who want …

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