“Congratulations, you have a baby girl!” is what a doctor might exclaim after a woman has given birth to a daughter. Was this news a surprise to the woman? Did she know by ultrasound that she was expecting a daughter? Did she select the gender of her child to ensure she was having a daughter?
A gynaecologist can easily perform an ultrasound and tell parents what gender to expect their child to be. Reasonably, parents have the choice to learn the gender or to keep it a surprise. However, For parents to know they are expecting a daughter by chance or for them to choose that they want a daughter are two different cases. There are a variety of methods that allow parents to choose the gender ...view middle of the document...
It is my choice that I opt to not select the gender of my child. It is disrespectful of reproductive liberty to take this choice away.
Imagine a world where people were forced to decide the gender of their child. A world where one had to decide if they wanted a son or a daughter. That would be restricting reproductive liberty because there is limitation on choice—choosing whether one wants to select the gender of their child or not.
It is an infringement of liberty to limit reproductive choice in this way. I will now discuss some examples of people who are or would be affected by this type of limitation of reproductive choice.
There are parents who wish to have both a son and a daughter (Dickens 336); having a balanced family is important to them. There is no valid reason to restrict their right to reproductive choice and tell them that they cannot have the option to choose the gender of their children. These parents have every right to want a balanced family and go on to decide the genders of their children.
The most important argument that is posed against allowing gender selection for non-medical reasons is that it is always sexist. Society seems to hold the view that gender selection has an inherent bias towards son preference (Dickens 335). This idea that gender selection is sexist towards females stems from a history of oppression towards women.
It would be wrong to say that gender selection is always sexist; it does not follow that if I prefer X that I automatically dislike Y. For example, while I may have a preference for writing by hand it does not follow that I dislike typing on a keyboard. I am not discriminating against a keyboard by writing with my pencil.
Regarding gender selection as inherently sexist is a false assumption, however that is not to say that...