In 2003, the United Kingdom's Human Fertilisation and Embryology
Authority (HFEA) published a report entitled Sex Selection: Options
for Regulation. The report outlined the findings of a 2-year review
of available sex selection techniques and recommended that the United
Kingdom ought not to permit any regulated technique to be used other than
for medical reasons (i.e., other than for the avoidance of serious
sex-linked genetic conditions). In so doing, it reflected the widespread
opinion—repeatedly expressed in the public consultations that formed
the cornerstone of the HFEA's review—that there is something
ethically unacceptable, or at least ethically suspect, about sex selection
for nonmedical, or “social,” reasons.
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