Use of reproductive technology for sex selection for nonmedical reasons

This document discusses the use of reproductive technology to select the sex of offspring for nonmedical reasons.


Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Volume 103, Issue 6, Pages 1418-1422


Because these practices are ethically controversial, clinics are encouraged to develop and make available their policies on the provision of nonmedical sex selection, and to accommodate their employees’ decisions about whether or not to participate in such treatment. Practitioners offering assisted reproductive services are under no ethical obligation to provide or refuse to provide nonmedically indicated methods of sex selection. This document replaces two documents previously published by the ASRM Ethics Committee, titled, “Sex selection and preimplantation genetic diagnosis” (Fertil Steril 2004;82:S245–8) and “Preconception gender selection for nonmedical reasons” (Fertil Steril 2004;82:S232–5).

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