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Hot Clicks: Couple pays $50,000 to choose sex of their baby

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KHQ - If you could choose the sex of your baby, would you do it and at what cost? Parents all over the world are choosing to take advantage of a technology called pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS). PGS is an extremely expensive procedure that is able to determine the sex of an embryo with nearly 100 percent accuracy through the in-vitro fertilization process. Embryos that aren't the "right" sex are either frozen for the couple to use in the future, donated to another couple or donated for stem cell research.

According to Yahoo Parenting, an Australian couple spent nearly $50,000 on the procedure to make sure they had a little girl. Jayne and Jon Cornwill, who already had three little boys, chose to mortgage their home and fly to California for the technology because it is illegal in Australia.

Jayne was suffering from what is called "gender disappointment" and said she felt like she was "mourning the death of a child [she] never had."

"My desire for a daughter caused me to spiral into depression. Every time i went out, toddlers in pink seemed to taunt me," Jayne said.

Even though it's legal in the U.S. this practice is still controversial with groups like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists who oppose it for ethical reasons.

Marcy Darnovsky, Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society, opposes the practice for several social reasons as well and says this practice isn't in any child's best interest. She says if a couple spends tens of thousands to select the sex of their baby it's probably because they have expectations tied to that sex which will only enforce gender stereotypes.

To read the full article on Yahoo! click here: http://tinyurl.com/mpp2wj9

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