The Corner

Science & Tech

The Coming Crisis in Sex-Selection Reproduction

Eugenics is alive and well. Alas.

The cultural Left refuses to fight sex-selection abortion, even though most of the gestating babies destroyed are female. For example, even though sex-selection actions are banned in Australia, a doctor was disciplined there when he refused to participate in a sex-selection abortion.

In some countries, eugenic abortion of females has led to serious demographic consequences. For example, in countries such as China and India, there are millions more men than women.

Meanwhile, when embryos are brought into being via IVF, discriminating parents can have them sorted by sex to ensure only the desired embryos are implanted for gestation — which is legal in the USA.

And now, scientists have apparently discovered how to ensure that only male embryos are conceived by slowing the activity of sperm with the X chromosome. From the New Scientist story:

The finding that some chemicals slow down sperm that carry the X chromosome could lead to gels for home use that make a couple less likely to conceive a girl, scientists have warned.

“I am concerned about the social impact of this,” says Alireza Fazeli of Tartu University in Estonia. “It’s so simple. You could start to do it in your bedroom. Nobody would be able to stop you from doing it.”

The product is being investigated for use on livestock. But that’s how we increasingly view human beings, right? The scientists quoted expect such products to become available at drug stores within ten years or so.

Whatever happened to unconditional love of children?

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Hillary Ruins the Plan

Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. This is the first in a series of excerpts.  There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for ... Read More
Elections

A Brief History of Election Meddling

Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. This is the second in a series of excerpts. ‘The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Thus spoke President Barack Obama just a couple of weeks before ... Read More
World

The End of Hong Kong as We Know It

The protests in Hong Kong have been going on for more than four months now, and no matter how the current crisis concludes in the coming days or weeks, it will mark the end of Hong Kong as we know it. The protests started in response to an extradition bill that was proposed by the city’s Beijing-backed ... Read More
Religion

Another Pop-Culture Christian Loses His Faith

It’s happened again. For the second time in three weeks, a prominent (at least in Evangelical circles) Christian has renounced his faith. In July, it was Josh Harris, a pastor and author of the mega-best-selling purity-culture book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. This month, it’s Hillsong United songwriter and ... Read More
Culture

Max Boot’s Dishonesty

Before yesterday, my primary criticism of the Washington Post’s Max Boot was political in nature. As I wrote in a recent book review, I found it regrettable that Boot’s opposition to the president had not prevented him from “succumbing reactively to Trump’s cult of personality, or from making Trump the ... Read More