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Gender Identification Test
Salomon Says

Gender Identification Test

Should fetus identification tests be allowed?

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Published: August 14, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 36

(32) David, October 24, 2014 7:18 PM

Is this a psak or a personal view?

Setting aside gender "selection", which is not what the test accomplishes, what is wrong with knowing? Rabbi Solomon, you are quick to dismiss the benefits you seem to acknowledge that others value in satisfying their G-d given curiosity sooner rather than later (but only in the context of concern one might act against the fetus with that information). Where abortion is not under consideration, and my wife's OB/GYN has in his file test results identifying the gender, what is the downside in my knowing (me, as a person who would not CVS contemplate aborting anyone; I'm not asking you this Q as a broad social policy)? Not sure if you'll see this note, but if you do I would really appreciate an halachically informed response as this is a timely topic for me and not something I would probably go to a rav about.

Thanks.

(31) Anonymous, April 17, 2012 4:39 PM

Adoption--they choose girls!

You might be interested to know that, in the US, 85% of adopting parents choose girls if they have a choice! It is not the same here as in China!

(30) Anonymous, April 17, 2012 4:34 PM

I have never met a woman who would abort because of the baby's sex.

We do not have the same culture or values of those in China or India. I have never met a woman in this country who would abort because of the baby's sex. Ever. My feeling is that it is very beneficial to know the baby's sex, in advance. Then, if you do have a preference for what you are not getting, you have time to adjust, accept, and so not have this preference influence your absolute love for your baby.

(29) tshirtdr1, August 28, 2011 11:50 PM

Missing the obvious?

Male or female, the child created inside the womb is created by God. Parents don't have the right to choose to kill it.

(28) Rivka, August 23, 2011 5:54 AM

Gender Selection

I do not feel that the government should control this, I feel it is up to the parents. BUT for me personally, unless their was a grave disease that would specifically affect one sex and not the other I would not go down the gender selection road. When it comes to babies, you get what you get and you should be happy for it.

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