Use of reproductive technology for sex selection for nonmedical reasons

Fertil Steril. 2015 Jun;103(6):1418-22. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.03.035. Epub 2015 May 5.


Because these practices are ethically controversial, clinics are encouraged to develop and make available their policies on the provision of nonmedical sex selection, and to accommodate their employees' decisions about whether or not to participate in such treatment. Practitioners offering assisted reproductive services are under no ethical obligation to provide or refuse to provide nonmedically indicated methods of sex selection. This document replaces two documents previously published by the ASRM Ethics Committee, titled, "Sex selection and preimplantation genetic diagnosis" (Fertil Steril 2004;82:S245-8) and "Preconception gender selection for nonmedical reasons" (Fertil Steril 2004;82:S232-5).

Keywords: Premiplantation genetic testing; assisted reproductive technology; ethics; family balancing; gender; in vitro fertilization.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Physician's Role
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Preimplantation Diagnosis / ethics*
  • Preimplantation Diagnosis / standards*
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / ethics*
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / standards*
  • Sex Determination Analysis / ethics*
  • Sex Determination Analysis / standards*
  • Sex Preselection / ethics*
  • United States