A Seattle Fertility Clinic has been running ads in Canadian newspapers, targeting immigrants to British Columbia. It uses a preimplantation diagnostic procedure to determine if embryos produced by in vitro fertilization are males or females. This allows an opportunity to destroy those of the “wrong” sex, and implant only those of the desired sex.
In the National Post, Kelly McParland takes aim at Canadians who might be put off by this sex selection industry. Canada has next to no abortion restrictions, and the Seattle fertility clinic is taking advantage of Canada’s very liberal environment. He notes that sex selection “puts feminists in the odd position of defending the right of women to decide against female babies on the basis that females aren’t as valuable or desirable as males.”