Here’s a breakthrough: A simple blood test can reveal the gender of a developing fetus. Accurately. And as early as five weeks. It’s extremely cool, but a bit daunting, too.
University of Pennsylvania bioethicist and msnbc.com contributor Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., calls the techonology “very useful,” but points out that for most inherited disorders there are few therapies, which means “elective abortion is just about the only option in response to fetal testing.” While most doctors would discourage its use merely to select gender, its increasing availability “puts physicians in the position of offering testing that may lead to abortions for non-medical reasons,” making the test “fraught with ethical problems.”
There’s no stopping science. There’s only stopping ourselves from using it for the wrong purposes.by