Should Gender Selection Be Legalized in Australia for Non-Medical Reasons?

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“Should parents have the right to choose the gender of their future child? Should it be legalised in Australia for non-medical reasons?” Whether gender selection should be legalised in Australia for all parents to have the right to select the gender of their baby or whether it should stay illegal with the exception of issues caused by sex-linked medical diseases creates a discussion. Selections of different conditions which give a variety of different perspectives of gender selection are gathered and discussed. Some topics that will be discussed will be; what gender selection is and how it works, who would be able to access this process and how much would it cost the average person, whether or not it should be legalised, why is it currently illegal in Australia and what local survey participants think about the topic. What is gender selection, what are the different processes and how does each of the processes work? Gender selection is when a couple are so desperate to get a specific gender they go to an In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) clinic and ask them to do a test that will determine the gender of the embryo. Gender selection has a variety of ways that people believe help choose the gender of the baby such as the Ericsson method, the Shettles Method, the Whelan Method and sex selection kits, none of the above have been supported scientifically so they will not be discussed any further (IVF-info.org, 2013). According to the IVF-info website the two that are most popular and are guaranteed to be successful to some degree are the Pre—implantation gender diagnosis (PGD) and the Microsort Method. The PGD method is proven to be almost 100% successful whereas the Microsort Method has a 90% success rate for females and 74% succes... ... middle of paper ... ...oc.gov/law/help/sex-selection/australia.php [Accessed 16 Mar. 2014]. 3. IVF info In-text: (IVF-info, 2013) Bibliography: IVF info, (2013). [online] Available at: http://ivf-info.org/gender-selection [Accessed 15 Feb. 2014]. 4. BBC News - Couples should be able to choose their baby's sex In-text: (Wilkinson, 2014) Bibliography: Wilkinson, S. (2014). BBC News - Couples should be able to choose their baby's sex. [online] News.bbc.co.uk. Available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8665282.stm [Accessed 24 Feb. 2014]. 5. It's a Boy! It's a Girl! It's Whatever the Parents Should Want it to Be! In-text: (English, 2014) Bibliography: English, C. (2014). It's a Boy! It's a Girl! It's Whatever the Parents Should Want it to Be!. [online] PolicyMic. Available at: http://www.policymic.com/articles/15191/sex-selection-of-fetuses-is-a-parental-right [Accessed 25 Feb. 2014].

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