Sex selection OK in Sweden
Gender-based abortion not illegal
authorities have ruled that gender-based abortion is not illegal.
Earlier in the year it
was reported that a woman from Eskilstuna in southern Sweden had
two abortions after finding out the gender of the child.
The woman, who
already had two daughters, requested an amniocentesis in order to
allay concerns about possible chromosome abnormalities. She also
inquired about the foetus’s gender. Doctors at Mälaren Hospital
expressed concern and asked Sweden’s National Board of Health and
Welfare how to handle requests for gender tests without a
medically compelling reason to do so.
"I wonder if a
caregiver within the public health system has the right to make
reference to their own views and the dominant view in our country
about gender’s equal value, in preventing a patient, with perhaps a
different valuation, from learning the gender of the foetus,” wrote
the head of the hospital.
The board has now
responded that such requests can not be refused and that it is not
possible to deny a woman an abortion up to the 18th week of
pregnancy, even if gender is the basis for the request. ~ The
Local, May 12
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One thought on “Sex selection OK in Sweden”
WE NEED TO WAKE UP!
There is obviously a need for sex selection.
We know that illegal/debatable sex selection is serving this purpose (Medical and non-medical) in many countries in the East and the West. This includes abortion but also severe mistreatment, and even murder, of children born of the wrong sex.
The foundational reasons are deeply routed in cultures, also in the West.
Something that will take hundreds of years to change.
In the mean time unwanted children suffer, and often severely.
We all know of large families with children all of the same sex. Were they trying for a child of the opposite sex? Often the answer is yes, and many of these families would have been smaller if the right baby came earlier.
Some families have more than ten children, including children that have died of malnutrition or mistreatment. Is that necessary?
There is nothing wrong with families with only children of one sex, if they are all desired children. Diversity is a strength and a neccesity to keep us out of the Brave New World. But not at the expense of extensive suffering.
IT IS TIME FOR MORE PRAGMATISM!
We need to accept sex-selection when requested as a serious request that can be met by simple methods such as sperm washing and occasionally more advanced methods of assisted reproduction.
BUT ONLY AFTER THE BIRTH OF A MINIMUM of 2 CHILDREN OF THE SAME SEX.
What would be the result?
No need for excessively big families.
Women will not have to go through excessively many pregnancies with the risks involved.
Less children will be “unwanted” and mistreated.
It will have no measurable effect on the sex balance in a society.
It will reduce abortions based on sex-selection.
This would be a pragmatic approach that would reduce an immense quantity of suffering in the world.
Johan T Hazekamp
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