abortion / pregnancy

Gender Pregnancy Test — Sex selective abortion?

Oh how science continues to amaze me. Two weeks ago I saw a number of articles start to trickle through with headlines like ‘America next to Perform Sex Selective Abortions’. My first thought was “Oh brother, what now?” Then I found out about something pretty awesome! There is a safe over the counter test called Tell me Pink or Blue that is 95% accurate at detecting a baby’s gender only 7 weeks into the pregnancy. Apparently it’s been available online for a few years now, but it’s just starting to make its way into stores.

Then, I went and recalled the caption that had something to do with America and sex selective abortions . . . Supposedly scientists and the pro-abortion movement alike are looking at this as an opportunity to go back to — the roots of the pro-abortion movement i.e. eugenics. I’m talking about Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who found contraception necessary “to create a race of thoroughbreds” (Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921). And, when not trying to weed out “inferior races”, Margarett Sanger was attempting to rid the world of those children at risk of diseases or physical handicaps. “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” (Margaret Sanger Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12)

When I took a look at the website for this new pregnancy test I found what appeared to be a more positive agenda. On the landing page of TellMePinkorBlue.com here is a list of bullet points they have in bold:

Sex Detection at 7 Weeks Post Conception
Scientific Gender Test Based on Fetal DNA
Clinically Proven 95% Accurate*
Do-At-Home, Safe, Non-invasive
Prepare for Child Rearing Early
Begin Building Family Bonds

Sex selection vs further sentimental attachment?

In an article titled Blood Test Detects Baby’s Sex At 7 Weeks from the Huffington Post by Lindsey Tanner:

“The authors say the results suggest blood tests like those studied could be a breakthrough for women at risk of having babies with certain diseases, who could avoid invasive procedures if they learned their fetus was a gender not affected by those illnesses. But, the study also raises concerns about couples using such tests for gender selection and abortion.”

So what do you think? Will this test be used to perpetuate the excitement of pregnancy and create stronger bonds between parents and child earlier on, or will it open new doors to sex selective abortion and, as Margaret Sanger might put it, weed out the less fit?

Standing In Defence of the Voiceless,

Timmerie Millington

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    Cici

    Aug 24, 2011

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    Both, more than likely. There's nothing wrong with finding out whether your having a boy or girl, but I don't think that those in the US or any other developed nation are above choosing between the sexes for abortion