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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