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Draft Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research submission

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Appendix 3a

Case study 1 on family balancing. Scenario C is the most common example of ‘family balancing’. It would be ethically acceptable to allow sex selection for all the other scenarios. Raising children and their associated cost still fall upon the parents. Most parents know how many children they would like to have and if they already have a first child, then they should be given the option of sex selection of the next child. Carrying a baby for 9 months and raising a child is a huge deal, the number of children affects the parents - economically and emotionally. Every child is a life-changing event so parents having that potential choice for sex selection for the next preferred child would be acceptable. Many Australians spend a lot of money to have legal sex selection overseas and they should have the option to do it in Australia where safety of both mother and child would be guaranteed.

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