Australian parents are travelling overseas to secretly ‘design’ their next child.
Couples are spending between $30,000 and $35,000 on selective IVF so that their bundle of joy can ‘complete’ their family, according to Daily Mail.
In April 2017 the National Health and Medical Research Council said that it does not endorse sex selection for non-medical purposes.
The concept of designer babies means that expecting parents can have an embryo manipulated.
CRISPR is a gene-editing technology that can allow scientists to delete or add types of DNA into certain cells.
While this can lead to the cure of some hereditary diseases and illness, there’s also fears that it could be the start of a slippery slope.
‘Sex selection techniques may not be used unless it is to reduce the risk of transmission of a genetic condition, disease or abnormality that would severely limit the quality of life of the person who would be born,’ the updated Artificial Reproduction Technology (ART) document said.
However, according to The Age, U.S. clinics are seeing a boom in the practice.
The Age reported that that Kolb Fertility Australia sent five people a month overseas before the 2017 document.
Now they send 15 to 20 people a month and get between 50 and 60 inquiries a week.
Around 70 per cent of Australian couples are seeking to have a girl, according to Gender Selection Australia (GSA), who also sends clients to America.
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