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Ethical aspects of gender selection for non-medical reasons

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The thesis investigates the ethical implications of gender selection for non-medical reasons (GSFNMR) with a focus on countries without specific son‐preference. I first analyse and critique prominent libertarian accounts of reproductive autonomy which offer justifications for GSFNMR. I then investigate important distinctions that occur within debates about GSFNMR; including that between medical/non‐medical reasons for embryo discard; and between sex and gender. The relevance of disability rights scholarship for gender selection is also explored. My analysis draws upon a small empirical study interviewing Australian women who have undertaken or considered GSFNMR. This work fills a gap in empirical data and contributes to a better understanding of the complex, ethical issues raised by GSFNMR.


Table of Contents

Thesis introduction -- 1. Debates about reproductive autonomy -- 2. Libertarian justifications for GSFNMR -- 3. Investigating the key distinctions between medical and non-medical reasons for gender selection -- 4. Gender selection through the lens of a disability rights critique -- 5. Investigating the conceptualisations of sex and gender -- 6. An empirical study investigating parent's views about GSFNMR : methods -- 7. Results -- 8. Discussion -- Thesis conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 275-301

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy

Department, Centre or School

Department of Philosophy

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Wendy Rogers

Additional Supervisor 1

Catriona Mackenzie


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