Sex Selection of Children

Sex Selection of Children

1st Edition - September 28, 1983
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  • Author: Neil G. Bennett
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323158251

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Sex Selection of Children explores the strategies used to control the sex of children, the conditions under which a couple would employ a given technique, and the technology to achieve their desired family composition. It also considers the social consequences of sex-selection techniques, the legal factors that might impinge on the use of such a technology, and the ethical considerations associated with its use. Organized into 10 chapters, this book begins with an overview of some of the more humorous past approaches to sex selection. It then discusses the effects of sex selection on fertility, sex selection by means of amniocentesis and selective abortion, and the theorized link between the timing of fertilization and the sex ratio of offspring. A chapter considers a decision-making model that describes the use of sex-selection techniques by couples who wish to have a specific number of children over their entire childbearing period, while another chapter analyzes the economics of sex preference and selection. The remaining chapters address the parental preferences about the sexes of their offspring in different societies, the legal aspects of prenatal sex selection, a moral policy for sex choice, and the ethics and public policy on sex choice. This book is a valuable resource for specialists involved in fields ranging from sociology and economics to biology, public health, law, and ethics.

Table of Contents


  • Contributors

    Foreword

    Preface

    1 Sex Selection of Children: An Overview

    Historical Overview

    Current Research and an Overview of the Chapters

    References

    2 Measuring Sex Preferences and Their Effects on Fertility

    Introduction

    Potential Effects of Sex Selection

    Examples of the Potential Effects of Sex Selection

    A Decision-Making Model for Sex Preferences Considering Measures of Sex Preferences

    Unresolved Issues

    References

    3 Sex Selection through Amniocentesis and Selective Abortion

    Introduction

    Assumptions

    Birth Trial Probabilities

    Family Composition with No Sex Selection

    Sex Selection for Sequential Family Goals

    Sex Selection for Compositional Family Goals

    Discussion

    Summary

    Appendix

    References

    4 Timing of Fertilization and the Sex Ratio of Offspring

    Introduction

    Earlier Direct Data

    More Recent Direct Data

    Other Mammalian Data

    Sex Ratio and Spontaneous Abortion

    Indirect Data

    Discussion

    Summary

    Appendix

    References

    5 Decision Making and Sex Selection with Biased Technologies

    Introduction

    The Decision-Making Model

    Discussion

    References

    6 The Economics of Sex Preference and Sex Selection

    Introduction

    Review of the Economic Approach

    A Model of Sequential Fertility

    Summary, Conclusions, and Suggestions for Further Research

    References

    7 Parental Sex Preferences and Sex Selection

    Introduction

    Patterns of Parental Sex Preferences

    Barriers to the Use of Sex Selection

    Impact of Sex Selection on Society and the Family

    References

    8 Legal Aspects of Prenatal Sex Selection

    Introduction

    Conceptual Foundation for the Legal Analysis of Sex Selection

    Legal Issues

    Analysis of Current Law

    Legal Trends

    References

    9 Toward a Moral Policy for Sex Choice

    Background

    Moral Dimensions of Sex Choice

    Policy for Sex Choice

    A Final Word

    References

    10 Ethics and Public Policy: Should Sex Choice Be Discouraged?

    Introduction

    Moral Policy in Sexuality and Reproduction

    Consequences of Freedom with Fairness in Sex Choice

    Ethics, Public Policy, and the Future of Sex Choice

    References

    Index






Product details

  • No. of pages: 274
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: September 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323158251
  • About the Author

    Neil G. Bennett