Should Early Fetal Sex Determination Testing Be Used?

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In the news: There's now a fetal sex test that can determine the gender of your baby as early as 7 weeks.

This new technology works by isolating fetal DNA from the fetus, which floats in the mother’s blood. This test is reportedly superior than an ultrasound and the results appear to be 95% accurate.

The goal of the fetal sex test is to be an alternative to amniocentesis in providing gender specific treatment for the mother to undergo if her fetus has a rare disorder such as hemophilia.

“If you want to get out there at an earlier time and buy your pink and blue items that could be of interest to mothers, but in terms of the bigger picture and using this for medical decision making, the consequences of an incorrect result have much more dire, significant consequences,” Dr. Rocio Moran, a geneticist who is not part of the study said.

There is a growing concern that these types of tests are dangerous. Why? If the baby isn't the desired sex, the theory is that people will decide to terminate. While that seems outrageous, it's still a concern.

“If parents are using it to determine gender and then terminate the pregnancy based on that, that could be a problem,” Dr. Mary Rosser states. “Remember, gender is not a disease.”

The tests are not sold in China or India where female fetuses are selectively aborted. What do you think of the consequenses that come with these types of tests?

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