The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed news that safeguards to guard against sex selection for assisted reproductive procedures will remain in place.
However, ACL spokesperson for women, Wendy Francis, questioned the bizarre logic behind the decision to uphold current safeguards, warning that it appeared to be tainted by ‘Safe Schools’ type fluid gender theory.
The Guidelines, released yesterday by the National Health and Medical Research Council, stated its opposition to sex-selection was based on the possibility that sex-selection “may validate or reinforce gender stereotyping and discriminatory attitudes, and create pressure on the person born to conform to parental expectations regarding gender”.
It went further to say it “does not endorse, nor wish to perpetuate, gender stereotyping, or cultural or personal biases based on biological sex”.
“It is ironic that Australia’s leading medical ethics body, the NHMRC, which is empowered to determine the ethical framework in which our medical profession operates, appears now to be casting aside human biology in favour of contested fluid gender theory that is promoted by fringe LGBT rainbow activists,” Ms Francis said.
“Surely the NHMRC should be guided by biological science rather than the latest untested trendy theory when determining the ethical standards for the medical profession in Australia?
“Flawed reasoning aside, most Australians would still hold to the view that children should be valued regardless of their sex.
“The ACL believes most Australians would not want to cast aside moral standards which set us apart from many developing countries where sex-selection and gendercide is prevalent,” Ms Francis said.
“It is important that the NHMRC does not overstep the mark by discarding ethical standards that ensure both boys and girls have equality and protection under the law.”
The ACL, which provided a submission to the HRMRC on the guidelines, maintains that the best interests of the child should be the determining factor when considering eligibility of access to assisted reproductive technology.