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IVF for gender selection

13 December, 2013

Question:

Are you halachically allowed to do IVF for gender selection?


Answer:

In some very unusual cases, such as that of a kohen who is infertile whose wife is using donor sperm, IVF for gender selection may be permitted (to prevent him the embarrassment of having a son who would not be a kohen).  But in most cases, even when a couple has many children of only one gender, this level of medical intervention for gender selection is not halachically permitted.

An in-depth discussion on the topic can be found in the Spring 2007 issue of Tradition, http://traditionarchive.org/news/article.cfm?id=100900.


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