Oh, it's a girl, let's try again…

Shannon Deveau / Yorkton News Review
February 2, 2012 01:00 AM

Whatever happened to - they met, they fell in love, they got married and then followed the little ones, or not - whatever the case may be, nature would take its course. Not so much so these days.

From determining a baby's sex, eye color and traits, to growing a fetus in a petrie dish, pretty much anything goes now when it comes to child bearing. The latest trend is seeing parents abort their baby if doesn't happen to be the sex of their choosing.

Remember way back when - when people would say, "I'll just be happy if he/she has all ten fingers and toes!" But enter into the picture good 'ole technology and with it, the power to alter nature. Don't you think we're taking things too far though?

There's a new poll that was recently undertaken across Canada and the question was: "Should there be laws governing whether women can abort a fetus based "solely on the gender"?"

The Angus Reid poll comes after a Canadian Medical Association Journal editorial urged physicians to stop revealing a fetus's gender until after 30 weeks of pregnancy, in order to curb the practice of female feticide by parents who prefer to have males. "It sparked fevered discussion across the country and raised questions of whether reproductive rights and the right to know a fetus's sex trumps an obligation to stop "discrimination against women in its most extreme form," says Dr. Kale who wrote the editorial.

To date, in Canada, the majority believe there should be restrictive laws in place - and I tend to agree - but change hasn't happened yet.

I understand it's a woman's body and that she has the right to make choices surrounding her own body. I'm also not saying there aren't circumstances where a procedure like this might be necessary. I'm not getting into that debate at this time - but if you ask me, this is carrying things a tad too far. There are so many people out there who would love to have a baby of their own, many who pay thousands of dollars for medical treatments to make it happen and yet they're unable, and then there are those who can feel good about eliminating their baby just because it's not the sex of their choosing? That seems pretty superficial if you ask me.

We're not talking cosmetic surgery or the purchase of a new car. If you're that shallow and selective do you even deserve to have a baby to call your own?

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