Home Gender Test Will Lead to Sex-Selection Abortion, Experts Warn

Home Gender Test Will Lead to Sex-Selection Abortion, Experts Warn

A new DNA test that parents can use at home to determine the sex of their unborn child in the early weeks of pregnancy is being condemned as a sex-selection abortion tool by concerned pro-life leaders and medical professionals.

Dr. Carol Cooper, writing for the Sun, also said she fears the early gender test will lead to abortions “just because the baby is the ‘wrong’ sex.”

“[Y]ou have to ask yourself why parents need this test. You don’t have to decorate the nursery or buy baby-grows when six weeks pregnant. But there’s still plenty of time to consider abortion. Those with the money can have this test and have the girl or boy they want. Those without money have to leave it to nature.”

It costs parents about £4,000 to have the gender-determination test done.

I have no doubt that these experts are right: unborn baby girls will be killed as a result of this test, but I can’t buy the argument that the tests should therefore be banned. There are legitimate, non-lethal reasons for this test, so we can’t ban the test on the claim that someone might misuse them. By that logic, we’d have to ban any number of things: kitchen knives, automobiles, to name just a few common items no one would think to ban. So, as unfortunate as it is that some might use this as a precursor to murder, banning them would be wrong.

Home Gender Test Will Lead to Sex-Selection Abortion, Experts Warn

Home Gender Test Will Lead to Sex-Selection Abortion, Experts Warn

A new DNA test that parents can use at home to determine the sex of their unborn child in the early weeks of pregnancy is being condemned as a sex-selection abortion tool by concerned pro-life leaders and medical professionals.

Dr. Carol Cooper, writing for the Sun, also said she fears the early gender test will lead to abortions “just because the baby is the ‘wrong’ sex.”

“[Y]ou have to ask yourself why parents need this test. You don’t have to decorate the nursery or buy baby-grows when six weeks pregnant. But there’s still plenty of time to consider abortion. Those with the money can have this test and have the girl or boy they want. Those without money have to leave it to nature.”

It costs parents about £4,000 to have the gender-determination test done.

I have no doubt that these experts are right: unborn baby girls will be killed as a result of this test, but I can’t buy the argument that the tests should therefore be banned. There are legitimate, non-lethal reasons for this test, so we can’t ban the test on the claim that someone might misuse them. By that logic, we’d have to ban any number of things: kitchen knives, automobiles, to name just a few common items no one would think to ban. So, as unfortunate as it is that some might use this as a precursor to murder, banning them would be wrong.