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Laws and regulations

Outlines the laws and regulations governing sex selection.

Sex selection

IVF centres must follow the laws and regulations set by governing bodies.

Many countries prohibit sex selection. The performing of a treatment procedure or the use of sperm, eggs or embryos with the purpose of producing, or attempting to produce, a child of a particular sex is illegal unless to avoid the risk of genetic transmission of sex-linked diseases. In the UK all licensed centres are forbidden from carrying out such procedures unless for avoidance of sex-linked diseases. However, non-licensed centres may be able to offer sex selection services using methods to separate sperm and intrauterine insemination.

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