U.S. clinic offers British parents the opportunity to choose the sex of their child

British couples are being offered the chance to choose the sex of their child in a U.S. clinic. The controversial practice - known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) - is banned in this country, except in cases where it could signal genetic disease. Fifty per cent of the embryos currently being tested in Dr Jeffrey Steinberg’s New York clinic are said to belong to Britons while another four will undergo testing next month. The American laws on sex selection changed in 2001 leading to medical centres offering ‘family balancing services’.

The cost of the service and travel expenses can total £20,000 ($33,000).

Dr Steinberg, who opened his clinic in January, told The Times: 'Britain is far more conservative than it used to be. They were the innovators but now they’ve got handcuffs on. ‘From a business standpoint, it’s the best thing going. From a medical standpoint, it’s a travesty.’ Pro-life supporters have criticised the practice, where ‘undesirable’ embryos are destroyed. According to The Telegraph, the Pope has highlighted an ‘obsessive search for the perfect child’ and warned that a ‘new mentality is creeping in that tends to justify a different consideration of life and personal dignity’.

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As the father of three who were conceived before ultrasound was routinely available, I found not knowing whether we would have a boy or a girl a delightful experience. We couldn’t get the nursery really ready, and we had fun picking out names for both sexes. The day the baby was born learning the sex was a big surprise. Seems to me that learning the sex early takes some of the excitement out of the whole process. Now, we see that well-off prospective parents are going to choose sex - and other attributes - by selectively choosing embryos. Leaving aside the difficult moral questions which others so eloquently address, I just have an intuitive negative reaction to these developments.

Soon enough you will be able to select the gender, hair color, eye color, height, intelligence, and whatever else society decides. Welcome to the Brave New World.

Ah. The joys of eugenics. Sanger and Hitler would be proud.

Whatever happened to sperm sorting? Why do they have to create embryos?

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