International Women's Day and sex selection

Hello all

This is where we very much pin our colors to our flag.

Given that yesterday was International Women's Day 2011 and today we reported on an Australian ivf clinic that is facilitating sex-selection we want to say that there should be more safeguards against this.

Some cultures still value males over females - this needs to be countered.

Allowing back-door sex-selection is taking brilliant technical advances and using them for retrograde purposes. Taking a plus and turning it into a minus.

Sex-selection should only be used where there is a clear and definite medical reason, so-called "family balancing" is not one.

Women across the world have a long way to go before they reach equality; medical advances should not be used to betray that struggle.

Patrick Harrison