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Ethicists find no justification for UK ban on sex selection of embryos

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4333 (Published 05 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4333
  1. Clare Dyer
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Selecting the sex of a planned child, not to avoid sex linked disorders but out of personal preference, is not unethical and should not be illegal in the United Kingdom, argues a new report published by Keele University.1

Lead author Stephen Wilkinson, formerly at Keele but now professor of bioethics at Lancaster University, said, “People who would prefer their new baby to be of a particular sex often have their own very personal reasons for this, to do with their family’s particular circumstances …

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