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?