What Are The Pros And Cons Of Sex Selection

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Sex selection is any practice, technique or intervention aimed towards increasing the probability of producing a child of one sex rather than the other. The desire of parents to choose the gender of their child has a long history in cultures dating back to Ancient Egyptians and Early Greeks. The earlier believed that women with certain facial complexion are more likely to give birth to boys, and the latter believed that the sperms in the right testicle are responsible for giving birth to males[1]. Hence, the male would tie his left testicle during sexual intercourse. Nowadays, with the advancement in molecular biotechnology, it is now possible for parents to select the gender of their child with high success. There are a number of
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The major benefit from this biotechnological breakthrough is the prevention of sex-linked genetic diseases. For example the most common X-linked (female chromosomes) recessive disorders are: Red-green color blindness, Hemophilia A, Hemophilia B, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, Becker’s muscular dystrophy, X-linked ichthyosis, and X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA). These disorders only affect males (XY) and merely carried by females. Therefore, in a situation where one of the parents is affected or is a carries of the gene mutation, it is very likely that the gene causing the disorder will be passed on to the child. However, the disorder traits will only affect the child depending on the sex of the child. This shows the importance of this biotechnological technique in preventing gender-linked…show more content…
The regulation criteria should consider the health, social, and socio-economic status of the parents. Moreover, Medical centers should aim to perform a procedure selecting a female gender for every procedure selecting a male in order to maintain balance. Studies on choice and responsibility in human reproduction show that there is no preference for male or female gender in European countries [6][7].
A book named Bare Branches by Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea M. den Boer puts forth an argument that unregulated sex selection is dire and threatening. The book claims that a high male-to-female ratio promotes violence, crimes, and authoritarian leadership. The claim is based on the assumption that young unmarried males with no responsibilities are often the instigators of the most violent crimes. Moreover, the authors of the book claim that the increase of male to female ratio poses a global threat and domestic

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