Recent scientific advances now make it possible to choose the sex of an unborn child via IVF. Please read about the ethical and technical debate here: http://idebate.org/debatabase/debates/philosphical-political-theory/house-believes-parents-should-be-able-choose-sex-their-children. We can also use modern genetics to prevent the tragedy of a life doomed by heredity; embryos can now be screened for some genetic diseases.
But what constitutes a disease? Should genetic testing be used to select a child’s other characteristics? If so, which characteristics would you want to screen for in your own child (such as eye or hair color)? Read the article on embryo selection and discuss what you think of these mothers and their actions: How to Buy a Daughter – Slate Health & Science.pdf