Debate in Abbotsford around gender preferences in children is surfacing after media reports about a U.S. fertility clinic that advertised the sex selection in an Indo-Canadian newspaper.
An ad for the Washington Center for Reproductive Medicine appeared in the Indo-Canadian Voice, in print and online, telling prospective clients they could create the family they want, “boy or girl,” using reproductive technologies.
The clinic performs biopsies on embryos slated for in vitro fertilization and tests their DNA to determine the sex.
Selected embryos are then implanted in the mother’s uterus.
The process, known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), will “virtually guarantee successful gender selection,” according to the centre’s website.
Manpreet Grewal, manager of multicultural and immigrant integration programs at Abbotsford Community Services, said the ad plays to a cultural bias within the Indo-Canadian community to have sons.
“Everybody knows that there’s a preference for boys in Asian cultures,” said Grewal.read more