Trait and sex selection: New technologies, enduring challenges

Presenter: 
ebeitiks
rbhatia
mhvistendahl
jking
Moderator: 
fcoeytaux
Day: 
Tuesday 26 July 2011
Start Time: 
3:30pm
End Time: 
4:50pm
Session Year: 
2011
Full Description: 

LOCATION: WASHINGTON IRVING ROOM

In this session, presenters reviewed new developments related to prenatal and pre-pregnancy trait and sex selection practices and also raised concerns and strategic options for future work. Panelists considered both ongoing problems related to older technologies, and new technologies (especially non-invasive prenatal genetic diagnosis) that present ongoing issues. In addition, this session explored the overlap between sex selection and disability deselection, as both conversations involve a fraught relationship with reproductive “choice” and are often misrepresented in the public debate, illustrated most recently by some of the reactions to Mara Hvistendahl’s work. Together, these presentations converged around the idea that we cannot see trait selection as solely a local issue; flows of technology, people seeking trait selection, and women migrating to places where brides are now in demand all suggest the need for a globalized framework of analysis.