Dr. Mark Sauer on the Ethics of Choosing a Baby's Sex

Recently, model Chrissy Teigan and her husband John Legend announced that they had chosen the sex of their future child – a daughter who will be born in spring 2016. With in vitro fertilization (IVF), parents can choose which gender they would like to implant as an embryo. 

Dr. Mark Sauer, a student in the graduate program in Bioethics and also the chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Columbia University Medical Center, spoke about the issue to CNN.

From my own personal perspective, I don't think there's anything unethical about any of it, however it's ethically controversial.

The article goes on:

Sauer lets couples decide if they want to know the sex of the embryos and if so, to choose which to implant. They know the questions are coming -- it's part of the informed consent when couples order the screening -- and most of them do want to know the sex of the embryos and also want to decide which gender to implant, Sauer said.

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