Monday, January 29, 2007

Pre-natal sex selection throws up ethical issues

As read in today's gulf news... The full article is below. Such an enormous Dowry my daughter will command, since she'll be outnumbered by about 33,000 to one in another 30 years.

By Nina Muslim, Staff Reporter, Gulf NewsDubai:

Doctors admit there are ethical issues connected to implanting a sex specific embryo into a woman, but rule out misuse of technology here. Doctors at a public fertility centre have successfully implanted a sex-specific embryo into a woman in the first recorded case of gender selection in the UAE. To date, specialists at the Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Centre, under the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms), have produced two viable gender-specific embryos, both males, since early this year. The first embryo was implanted into his mother's womb about a week ago. The second embryo has not been implanted. Dr Husnia Gargash, director of the centre, acknowledged there were some ethical issues connected to the procedure, which is now available to all patients. "It is a fear that it will be abused if left completely open," she told Gulf News. Sex selection, either for social or medical reason, is an ethical hot potato. Some are against the total use of the technology. Others allow choosing the sex of one's child only for medical reasons, while still others believe the technology should be allowed as it was just another facet of progress. In some countries, where many view daughters as burdens, pre-natal sex selection is considered a boon. However, specialists at the centre doubted that such parents would come knocking on their door. She said the clinic followed the ethical guidelines set by the International Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstetrics in sex selection procedures to prevent abuses to the technology. Families with only daughters or only sons, seeking to add another from the opposite sex, or would-be parents with gender-related genetic disorders, such as haemophilia, may undergo the procedure. Dr. Samir Radi said the price tag of at least Dh30,000 was another limiting factor.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sub', it's worse than that already. Apparently both India and China already each have an extra 30 million extra males, just from selective abortion and infanticide of females. The ultrasound has not been good for everyone.

It's raining men in China report: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/node/3084

You'll have to protect your daughter from kidnapping demand will be so high! But maybe eventually the pendulum will swing and girls will be seen as more valuable?

JP

Suburban said...

Hi JP!

The statistics in India / CHina are scary. THanks for the link, quite informative.

Indeed, I hope the laws of supply and demand will help to swing the pendilum in favor of women, and the scarcity of women will provide empowerment. TIme will tell.

THanks, as always for the comments! Keep it real.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sub',

No news from Muscat lately? Your fans miss you.

At least the Muscat Festival is over, leaving the Qurm area drivable again.

But how sad the Omani's were when the team lost - if ever there was evidence that pure force of collective will can't win a game, that was it. I know how they feel...

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JP