Community concerns about sex selection: Research as a way forward - Response to Edgar Dahl's 'The presumption in favour of liberty'

Catherine A. McMahon*

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    Abstract

    This commentary argues that notwithstanding the implicit logic underpinning philosophical and moral arguments regarding individual rights to access sex selection for non-medical reasons, community concerns about the psychosocial impact of the technology cannot be dismissed or ignored. It is true, however, that such concerns are often based on unsupported assumptions about the impact of the technology on individuals, families and communities and about the propensity of scientists, unless restrained, to act in ways that are irresponsible or dangerous. The research conducted to date has dispelled many of the myths and assumptions about IVF children and their families. Further careful research is now needed to test the extent to which fears and assumptions regarding 'designer babies' are justified.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)272-274
    Number of pages3
    JournalReproductive BioMedicine Online
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

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