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Genetic Selection Poll

Would You Genetically Select the Sex of Your Baby?

The odds are stacked against British mum Wendy Bowen when it comes to having girls.

Sadly, her first pregnancy ended at eight months with her only daughter.

She then successfully had eight boys in a row after the devastating loss. Now at age 41, the mummy is still hoping for a lil princess to call her own.

As science now allows, couples can genetically choose the sex of their baby by undergoing an embryo screening process, which costs upwards $20K.

Would you ever use a procedure to get the child of your choice?

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Isista Isista 9 years
That's not natural, at least in my opinion. It's not based on religion, but I would rather leave it up to chance. What does it matter (at least in America, I don't know about in other countries) what gender your baby is? They're still your baby. Like someone else said, this sounds like humans getting too used to getting what they want. What's next? Finding ways to pick out hair and eye colour?
macneil macneil 9 years
I would do natural things, which makes me morally the same, I guess! I would, for instance, change my diet or try to conceive on a certain day - and indeed have in the past tried while trying to conceive. This time around, though, I'd been trying so long I gave up and just tried to get pregnant - so even though those things almost certainly don't work, there really is no way of knowing what I'll get this time: I just pray the baby gets to full term, and is healthy and safe.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
No. It just seems wrong on so many levels.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years I can't see choosing the sex of a child getting out of hand whatsoever. Like the article says, “Just because you technically can do something, it doesn’t mean you should”.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
What's next? I'll be able to pre-determine height??
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Not a chance! Never good to play God.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I love the other comment of don't fix what's not broken! I honestly don't care what the sex of my future children will be, as long as they are healthy, I am a.o.k.
sofi sofi 9 years
No way- a baby is a blessing regardless and I wouldn't want to mess with God's plan or nature for that matter. If it ain't really broke, don't fix it!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I might consider it if I were in the same situation like the woman from the story, I can understand wanting to have at least one of each. I wouldn't just do it for the heck of it though, I like the whole surprise factor.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I think if I were up to already having 2 or 3 boys and really wanted a girl, I'd consider it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I couldn't! That's half the fun! Learning what gender your babes is!
gholson54 gholson54 9 years
As much as I would love a girl, I don't think I would do it. I am obviously meant to have a basketball team of boys so I will be happy with what I get.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
No. I would personally rather have nature decide and if I had all boys then I would a adopt a girl (or two. so she wouldn't be alone.) However I would support some people that do this. Like in the situation I metioned above; maybe a couple would be desperate for a baby girl/boy of their own. That I would understand. What I dislike about ths selection deal are the couple that will do this just because they can afford it; like the types that are just starting a family; then I think this is taking why to much control over the process.
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
not a chance..
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
Ooops. Just read my comment and it wasn't written very well. Actually my comment is ironic because these people want a girl and can't get one. Well, they can if they pay a lot of money. If you have to spend that amount of money to get a girl maybe you have never been told that you don't always get what you want and that is the way life works.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I can understand the yearning, but I think this is an example of people a little too used to getting what they want. It just doesn't seem right.
karlorene karlorene 9 years
i would just pray for a healthy baby, i don't care if its a boy or girl!
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
There is also a way to spin the sperm to separate the sexes. Not nearly as accurate, but much cheaper. That being said I don't think it should be done. I can too easily see people, especially in less forward thinking countries, always opting for a boy which could dramatically affect the entire world. Biology and nature are smarter than we are most of the time.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Not a chance. For starters, my religious beliefs would never allow me to get to that point. I wouldn't do IVF, so there'd be no embryos to test.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
Hmmm, I don't know. I have three boys and I really want a girl so I might think about it. It's not that I wouldn't mind another boy but I don't think we would have more than 4 kids and then I definitely would not get my girl. One of my sons is adopted and even though it was a postive experience I don't think I would want to do it again. It definitely isn't easy or cheap.
graldi19 graldi19 9 years
i would prob only choose if, say i had 5 boys and really wanted a lil girl
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i have a friend who's fil is a fertility specialist. he can increase the odds of your have a particular sex, somkething like 95% for a girl and 65% for a boy. we didn't have any trouble getting pregnant so i opted not to mess with something that wasn't broken. but if we were adopting i'd probably be specific about the sex.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
definitely not. i feel like we're genetically engineering lab experiments these days.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I hope she didn't have that many just so she could try for a girl... I guess I'm lucky in the respect that I don't care if I have a boy or a girl. Plus, I've always been big on adoption so we can always have one on our own and then adopt the next one and get one of each!
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