The whole movement of sex selection is growing. Using the technologies used to help infertile couples have children, people are opting to use these technologies for the purpose of intentionally having a child of the sex of their own choosing. Typically, this is called family balancing (and you thought it had to do with juggling multiple tasks!). Low tech gender selection has been around for hundreds of years. You know, eat certain foods, certain times of the months and in certain positions to become pregnant with a boy or a girl. Microsort is one the main companies now, assisting couples with ‘unbalanced’ families. Order the pink Xsort for that little girl, or the blue Ysort for that little boy. Implications for the human future? You bet. Not to mention unbalanced human futures. China, thanks to its one child policy, already has a male to female ratio of 100 girls to approx. 120 boys. Think about it. Choices we make today have serious implications for choices we will not be able to make in the future.
Jessica Collins was born on August 13, 1996 to the proud parents Monique and Scott Collins after MicroSort sperm separation for X-bearing (female) sperm cells and simple medical insemination.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.