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US doctors say sex selection acceptable for non-medical reasons

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:828
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has ruled that it is proper and ethical to help couples to choose the sex of their babies.

    In a recent letter of advice to an infertility specialist, the acting chairman of the society's ethics committee, John Robertson, said that sex selection was acceptable for reasons of “gender variety.” If a couple already had a child of one sex, it could ethically select embryos that were of the opposite sex, he said.

    The group, which sets the rules for the field of reproductive medicine, has previously said that the practice was justified when parents were aiming to avoid the incidence of certain sex linked genetic …

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