Abortion for Sex Selection. The sex of a child can now be determined before birth. In the waiting…

Abortion for Sex Selection. The sex of a child can now be
determined before birth. In the waiting room of a local women’s clinic, June
has started a conversation with another woman, Ann. She finds out that each
woman is there for an amniocentesis to determine the sex of her fetus. June
reveals that she wants to know the sex because her husband and his family
really want a boy. Because they plan to have only one child, they plan to end
this pregnancy if it is a girl and try again. Ann tells her that her reason is
different. She is a genetic carrier of a particular kind of muscular dystrophy.
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Abortion for Sex Selection. The sex of a child can now be
determined before birth. In the waiting room of a local women’s clinic, June
has started a conversation with another woman, Ann. She finds out that each
woman is there for an amniocentesis to determine the sex of her fetus. June
reveals that she wants to know the sex because her husband and his family
really want a boy. Because they plan to have only one child, they plan to end
this pregnancy if it is a girl and try again. Ann tells her that her reason is
different. She is a genetic carrier of a particular kind of muscular dystrophy.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a sex-linked disease that is inherited through
the mother. Only males develop the disease, and each male child has a 50
percent chance of having it. The disease causes muscle weakness and often some
mental retardation. It also causes death through respiratory failure, usually
in early adulthood. Ann does not want to risk having such a child, and this
abnormality cannot yet be determined through prenatal testing. Thus if the
prenatal diagnosis reveals that her fetus is male, she plans to end this
pregnancy

Is Ann justified in her plan to abort a male fetus? Is June
justified? Should there be laws regulating sexselective abortion?

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