Primary care physicians hold more conservative views than sex selection technology providers
(HealthDay News) - Attitudes toward sex selection are dramatically different between primary care physicians and sex selection technology providers, according to research presented this week at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in San Francisco.
Robert Nachtigall, M.D., of the University of California in San Francisco, and a colleague interviewed 40 primary care physicians and 15 sex-selection technology providers.
The researchers found that sex-selection technology providers believed that sex selection initiated and pursued by women was a reproductive right in the spirit of Roe versus Wade. They also found that sex-selection technology providers considered sex selection for girls as female empowerment and sex selection for boys as representing an adherence to "traditional cultural values."
" In contrast, many primary care physicians questioned whether women could truly express 'free' choice under family and community pressure, the authors write. "As a result primary care physicians often felt conflicted between their commitment to patient autonomy and their own personal reservations about sex selection."