Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weekend Discussion: Choosing the Gender of your next child

This is quite a controversial topic when it comes to ethics as well as some fighting for freedom of choice.

Recently, a company in Bellevue, WA has come under fire for advertising that you can "Create the family you want". link

While it seems harmless enough, I am against this practice as I really think it will aide in the discrimination against females. An extreme example of sexual discrimination is in China, where selective abortions have lead to the population in many areas being 1.3 boys for every girl. This has lead to not every straight male finding a partner, and apparently goes on to cause sexual violence, forced marriage, prostitution, and similar acts.

In addition to that, choosing the gender of your future child begins the process of treating a human baby as yet another object of possession. And once they choose this? Are they going to make every choice for the child throughout their life? What if the child ends up being the opposite of their expectations? Parenting isn't about choosing every single thing, it is about nurturing and raising a some one into an independent human being.

In my personal life, while I've known many pregnant women to have a hope for a boy or a girl, the ones who've ended up with the opposite have never been disappointed for long! Especially once they see their beautiful little bundle for the first time.

Here is a link to a debate page for the different sides to this topic, if you're interested.

What do you think? Should we be allowed to determine the gender of our children ahead of time?

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