Ok, tell me that this doesn't represent what's wrong with the world today: http://www.news.com.au/national/desperate-couple-abort-twin-boys-in-desperate-bid-for-ivf-girl/story-e6frfkvr-1225983907853
We pander to every weakness in society today. In Real Life a person needs to learn to deal with their "psychological wellbeing" and their psychological distress. Technology has advanced to the point where instead of addressing their problems, we can give people everything they want and pander to their "needs". It's great that we've advanced to the point where we consider a person's weaknesses as legitimate, and people aren't ostracised for experiencing pain or trauma. But it is not ok that a person who is clearly suffering some kind of post-traumatic stress can simply create a designer baby to cure that.
1. Has our society really not advanced far enough to recognise that neither boys or girls are superior? Yes, I can accept having a preference, of course. But it doesn't have to make any difference to how you raise them or how they live their life.
2. They are clearly not looking to have another child to heal the pain of losing their daughter, they are looking to replace their daughter. Why else would the gender be relevant? So this poor child (if she eventuates) is expected to fulfill the role of the little girl that died. No pressure! Oh, and she will also be vital to her mother's "psychological health" due to her "obsession" with having a daughter. Great!
A couple of quotes from the article:
"After what we have been through we are due for a bit of luck." LUCK??? You are lucky enough to have three healthy children, and you CHOSE to destroy two other potential children, and then complain about it. Life is choices. Yes, losing a child is horrible, but this isn't the way to deal with it. (For the record, I am pro-choice, but there is a limit!)
"The couple said that it had been a traumatic decision to make but that they could not continue to have unlimited numbers of children." Then stop. Nobody is forcing you to have more children. Perhaps focus on loving and nurturing the three children that you have, rather than wasting time, money and energy on a court case. Or, as the article suggests, adopt a daughter. IMHO, adoption should be the only way of assuring that you have a child of a particular gender. Creating designer babies is a horrible idea. And the way this couple is going about it is particularly horrible.