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Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 427–438 | Cite as

A Feminist Critique of Justifications for Sex Selection

  • Tereza HendlEmail author
Original Research

Abstract

This paper examines dominant arguments advocating for the procreative right to undergo sex selection for social reasons, based on gender preference. I present four of the most recognized and common justifications for sex selection: the argument from natural sex selection, the argument from procreative autonomy, the argument from family balancing, and the argument from children’s well-being. Together these represent the various means by which scholars aim to defend access to sex selection for social reasons as a legitimate procreative choice. In response, I contend that these justifications are flawed and often inconsistent and therefore fail to vindicate the practice.

Keywords

Sex selection for social reasons Assisted reproductive technologies Procreative autonomy Sexism Gender essentialism Harm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Level 1, Medical Foundation Building (K25)University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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