Ethical aspects of gender selection for non-medical reasons
thesisposted on 28.03.2022, 11:31 by Tereza Hendl
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.