On Monday, we mentioned that gender selection was a current and disconcerting practice in Asia, starting with India which discriminates against and aborts female foetuses. It now appears that the United States is one of the countries practising this selection not in the case of selective abortion but in the equally controversial pre-implantation diagnosis of embryos obtained by IVF (Gènéthique press review on July 21st, 2014). An article published in Figaro Madame highlights the other side to this American selection market: whereas Asians opt for boys, the English want girls.
Whereas this selective practice is the subject of campaigns to combat gender discrimination in countries where it is practised, Dr. Daniel Potter calmly believes that this practice does not pose a problem: “I believe that women should have the freedom to reproduce and that includes freedom to choose the gender of their child“.
Unlike Indian and, more generally Asian couples, almost 80% of the English couples attending these clinics want to have a baby girl, especially English women.