From the Herald Sun,
So determined are the couple to have a girl that they recently terminated twin boys conceived through IVF.
The woman, who is consumed by grief over the daughter who died soon after birth, admits she has become obsessed with having a daughter and it has become vital to her psychological health.
Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 bans sex selection unless it is necessary to avoid the risk of transmission of a genetic abnormality or genetic disease to a child.
All IVF clinics in Australia must stay within National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines that say sex selection should not be done except to reduce the transmission of a serious genetic condition.
Australian IVF pioneer Gab Kovacs – not involved in the case – said he could not understand why the couple should be banned from having a girl.
“I can’t see how it could harm anyone,” he said.
“Who is this going to harm if this couple have their desire fulfilled?”
Brigitte bites: “I can’t see how it could harm anyone”, he said. Gee whiz, I don’t know. I suppose this works if we decide that the twin boys summarily dispatched just don’t count.
Véronique adds: Harm anyone? How about the poor girl who will eventually be conceived? I can’t see any harmful psychological baggage here (shaking my head in disbelief). When “having a daughter (…) has become vital to her psychological health” it makes you wonder how fit to parent the mother is. Children, girl or boy, don’t fit neatly in the little moulds their parents want to fit them into.by