Mar 06 2008
Vancouver blogger and PR magus Darren Barefoot has highlighted the controversy surrounding a new at-home prenatal test kit that enable you to determine the gender of a fetus as early as five weeks. The test is used by parents who want a particular gender; fetuses with unwanted sex chromosomes get aborted in the early stages of the pregnancy, before the potential parent even showed a baby bump.
These sorts of tests ought to be outlawed. Gender-based abortion is already leading to horrendous social problems in certain countries. China is just the best-known example, where tens of millions of Chinese men with little prospect of marrying are going to fuel serious social instability and potentially international security conflicts.
Not something we want to promote in this country.