New Gender Selection Fears

A new product hit the market recently: “Boy or Girl Gender Prediction Test” by IntelliGender, which claims to identify a baby’s gender at ten weeks.  According to IntelliGender, the product is successful 78-80 percent of the time, and should be used by parents to shorten the “excruciating” wait for the 20-week sonogram.  However, Jennifer Parks, co-director of Loyola University Chicago’s Programs in Health Care Ethics, noted this about the Prediction Test: “Say a woman has three daughters and wants to get pregnant one last time to have a baby boy. If she takes the test at 10 weeks, and it’s not the sex she wants, she may want to terminate and try again.”  While the manufacturers of the product disavow such thinking, it may clearly be used in that manner.

What do you think?  Does this raise the risk of gender selection among parents or is it like any another medical advance?

11 Responses to New Gender Selection Fears

  1. Sue says:

    I just purchased one of these gender tests for my daughter for the fun of it! She has her 20 week sonogram Friday and we will find out if it was accurate or not. We were doing it because we are excited about the pregnancy and we were curious how accurate they are. Unfortunately, I guess anything can be used for the wrong reason.

    • Sue says:

      Donna, I CLEARLY stated a reason for advance knowledge other than to make plans to alter the situation. We don’t consider my daughter’s pregnancy “a situation”. It is a blessing from God that we are very thankful for and excited about as we thought that she couldn’t have children.

      While I understand that some people may use it as you say, there are others that are using it for the reason intended and shouldn’t be referred to as silly or unreasonable.

  2. Mary says:

    Yes, it can be used just to satisfy curiosity and give instant gratification, but what happens if it’s not the desired sex? Maybe some won’t care, but the first thing that crossed my mind when it was first announced was, “Oh,great—another inducement to abortion. By learning earlier, many liberal women will be more able to justify that “it’s not a baby yet.” Very sad and tragic for our society. We’ve already killed off an entire generation that would now be 20-30+ years old and ready to help support the previous generations and keep Western civilization going. At our current birth rate of 1.4, we can’t suvive. It takes at least 1.8. Muslims are reproducting at 4.8.

  3. Ruth says:

    I don’t like it. I’m not surprised however what is on the market and/or available now to manipulative life. Lord help us.

  4. Donna says:

    There is clearly no justifiable reason for advance knowledge of the gender other than to make plans to alter the situation. The excuse of wanting to know, is just too silly to be any kind of prudent thinker, much less a parent. There is no reasonable condition to demand advance knowledge of the gender of the human child growing in the womb.

  5. Donna says:

    Why would a company spend money on such a device or product? Why not use that technology and money and time on some worthwhile effort to actually help people who are truly suffering in one situation or another….

  6. Rosemary Chacko MD says:

    clearly unethical — adding to our culture of death…

    And when one of these poor mothers comes to her doc in tears because her sig other wants her to kill her baby because it isn’t a boy —

    Abortion Harms Women…

    It kills three —

    We all suffer.

  7. Charles says:

    I can thing of a number of very good and moral reasons a person might like to know the sex of their coming child as early as possible. Has anyone here ever heard of pinks and blues?

  8. I am not a “bloger”, have never done so before. I would much rather you just have a place to click yes or no, or something to that effect.
    With regards to this issue I think it is obvious that it will be used for sex selection. And that is an indication of denying God’s soverignity, of desiring to replace Him in this capacity. God’s Word tells us that children are a blessing. Our society is trying to convince us that God is wrong! My wife and I had four, and now have eleven granchildren and 3 great-grandchildren so far. A blessing indeed!

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  9. Dee Dee says:

    I just heard from a missonary to China how the Chinese policy of having one child is working out. They evidently abort daughters in favor of having sons who will support them. Guess what they are discovering? They have not girls to marry their sons. We and the Chinese people need to let God select the sex of our children.

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