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Argument: Sexual selection will re-enforce gender discrimination

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"A Boy for You, a Girl for Me: Technology Allows Choice", Washington Post, December 14th, 2004. - "But critics say both techniques allow parents to discriminate on the basis of sex, and they point to countries such as India and China, where a preference for boys has led to abortion of female fetuses and abandonment of baby girls, creating a shortage of women.

"It is clear that sex selection targets women," said Alfonso Gomez-Lobo, a philosophy professor at Georgetown University. "From an ethical point of view, all of this is quite unacceptable."

Because MicroSort is not 100 percent reliable, critics fear it may lead to the selective abortion of fetuses, particularly females.

"If you ask couples coming in what they will do if they get the wrong sex, these couples say very frankly they will terminate the pregnancy," said Mark V. Sauer, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at Columbia University. "I don't want to be a party to that."

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