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It may be most convenient to respond to Dr Andreae’s points in turn:
1. Unless the claim that a child should determine its own genetic characteristics before it is conceived or born is intended to be flippant, it is logically incoherent. Conception is a decision that only a prospective parent can make. The editorial argument is that denial of choice of sex contributes to preventable maternal...
I am deeply worried about the guest editorial by Dickens. Please see my comments below
Injustice and oppression lie in prohibition not for birth of a first child, but of a second or later child.
Without intervention, a small preponderance of female over male infants will be born, and female children will have a slightly higher chance of living to maturity. Thereafter, the female population will decline relatively sharply in consequence of death in childbirth. Historical evidence indicates that throughout the recorded history of Britain, there was a relative scarcity of women and men dominated...