Sex selection with PGD
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Genea has previously offered sex selection treatment, using a technique called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, provided couples understood that there would be no subsidy from Medicare for the treatment involved.
We suspended our sex selection program in February 2005 following the release of an opposing clinical practice guideline (based on moral reasons) by the Australian Health Ethics Committee.
While we are no longer able to provide sex selection for family balancing reasons, sex selection is still available through Genea for medical reasons (for example, to prevent the transmission of a sex-linked genetic disease) and this form of treatment is usually covered by Medicare.
IVF with PGD and selection of embryos according to sex for family balancing, however, is therefore presently suspended "pending further community discussion".
Should you wish to contact the NHMRC to encourage such community discussion, their website is: www.nhmrc.gov.au, please refer to the Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research.
The objections to sex selection are listed on page 92 of the Guidelines and comprise:
- Sex selection is incompatible with the parent-child relationship being one that involves unconditional acceptance
[this is contentious]
- Sex selection may be an expression of sexual prejudice, in particular against girls. As practised today around the world, it generally reflects and contributes to bias and discrimination against women
[Genea’s experience was that there was a 59:41 preference for girls – and that women were the predominant driver of the IVF-based sex selection process]
- Sex selection harms men in some cultural groups (by contributing to the shortage of women for men to marry)
[our evidence was the opposite]
Where can I go?
Meanwhile, we are frequently asked where IVF for sex selection is available outside of Australia. Geographically the clinic that is closest to Australia and which we can recommend is Superior ART in Bangkok, Thailand, a clinic with which we have an ongoing relationship enabling them to provide high quality embryo culture, blastocyst biopsy and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
Genea cannot take responsibility for your decision to pursue such treatment, which carries physical and psychological hazards that might not be explained to you to the standard of informed consent we might expect at a clinic fully under our control in Australia.
Would you like to find out more?
Check out the PGD information in the Genea Library
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