… the Republicans scream about it, use it as the only reason feminists can support to ban abortion — and if you look at countries and cultures where women are de-valued, then I’m divided.
But — and this is a big one — in western countries couples are choosing IVF embryos by gender, and flying to New York to do so. It seems that where women seem to be considered full-persons, they also choose to do procedures that will guarantee the gender of their yet-to-be-born child.
Is this a real concern? Should it be illegal here as it is in the U.K.? The article doesn’t indicate which gender gets preference, only that it happens here too — at the pre-implantation stage. I’m not so sure that I actually care that it happens.
Embryos can be chosen for a variety of reasons — and often there are several equally healthy embryos to choose from — so, why is gender a reason not to pick one over the other? A family may already have a son or daughter and wants the opposite — OR they may want another child of the same gender. As long as the reason for choosing isn’t something archaic like favoring boy children in the culture, does it matter?