If ethics is about deciding whether something that “can” be done “should” be done, this seems like a perfect paradigm of an ethical question.
If people want to choose their baby’s sex before pregnancy, should doctors help?
Some parents would love the chance to decide, while others wouldn’t dream of meddling with nature. The medical world is also divided. Professional groups say sex selection is allowable in certain situations, but differ as to which ones. Meanwhile, it’s not illegal, and some doctors are already cashing in on the demand.