Model and former Miss GB Danielle Lloyd has spoken to BBC 5 Live about how she might go to Cyprus so she can select the gender of her next child. Ms Lloyd has four sons and dreams of a little girl.
In the UK the treatment she wants is illegal, to choose the gender of the embryo, so she will need to travel to Cyprus to do the procedure which is a bit like IVF.
Christianity Today in 2005 reported this type of treatment with the headline, Gender is No Disease. It explained how pro-life Christians who already shudder at the deliberate destruction of any embryo would now feel that the application of this search-and-destroy technique to gender selection just adds a new and frightening dimension to reproductive technology. In the same year the Guardian reported on debates in the British Houses of Parliament. The Bishop of Southwark, the Right Rev Tom Butler, said:
“The Church of England would oppose strongly any proposals that tend to erode proper priority for the welfare of the child or that embrace a view of children as consumer commodities. Sex selection for social reasons would have serious consequences for society as well as for families. From a Christian perspective, the child is a gift from God and should always be regarded as an individual, not as an extension of parental consumer choice. Parents need to be left to receive and accept their children just as they are, not be led into believing they can select children as they would a customised personal accessory.”