Legal Issues: International & US Gender Selection Laws


In the U.S., gender selection technologies, such as PGD, are both legal and available, but with limits.

At least six countries have banned the use of gender selection completely. In some cases, people will travel to the U.S. to use gender selection and assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Various organizations offer guidelines or recommendations on the use of gender selection, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.

U.S. Laws on Gender Selection

US Gender Selection LawsPreimplantation genetic diagnosis, PGD, is legal for gender selection, but few U.S. clinics offer it for gender selection. Those that do generally offer it for family balancing reasons only. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the largest physician-based organization focused on reproductive medicine, asserts that offering gender selection for non-medical reasons should be allowed “in carefully selected cases.” The Ethics… Read U.S. Laws

International Laws on Gender Selection

International Gender Selection Laws
While high-tech methods of gender selection such as PGD are relatively new, at least six nations have already banned the use of gender selection technologies: Australia, Canada, China, India and the UK. However, the older methods of gender selection — ultrasound or amniocentesis plus abortion, and infanticide — continue to be practiced worldwide, particularly in some Asian nations despite bans on these procedures. The United Nations… Read International Laws

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