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Women from Australia, China, Hong Kong go to Thailand for treatment to choose gender of babies

Published on Jul 16, 2014 10:01 AM
 
Hundreds of women from mainland China, Hong Kong and Australia visit Bangkok each year for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with the option of choosing the child's gender by discarding fertilised eggs, or embryos, of the unwanted sex. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SYDNEY/BANGKOK (REUTERS) - At 26, with a baby daughter, a Hong Kong mother and her husband wanted a second child. To make sure it would be a boy, they paid US$9,000 (S$11,176) and flew to Thailand, the last place in Asia where gender selection treatment is available and breaks no law.

"In Chinese tradition, a girl and a boy means good, perfect," said the mother, who requested anonymity. "There's nothing wrong with girls, but in Hong Kong and Chinese tradition all families like boys."

The mother is one of hundreds of women from mainland China, Hong Kong and Australia who visit Bangkok each year for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with the option of choosing the child's gender by discarding fertilised eggs, or embryos, of the unwanted sex.

The only other countries where the technique is permitted and available are the United States and South Africa - in both cases at a higher financial cost.

 
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