21 Aug '11, 2am

More Singaporeans head abroad for IVF to choose baby's sex (via ST iPhone App)

More Singaporeans head abroad for IVF to choose baby's sex (via ST iPhone App)

Gender spenders -- ST ILLUSTRATION: ADAM LEE By Theresa Tan When it comes to fulfilling their long-cherished dream of bearing a son and heir, there is no limit to how far Singaporeans will go. Like Thailand, for example, or even the United States. The attraction of these places has to do with not just their skills in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. After all, that is on offer here. But these foreign destinations - initially the US, but increasingly Thailand as well - allow parents to choose the gender of their baby through a procedure known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), something barred in Singapore. Background story Preference for boys 'For Singaporeans, Chinese and Hong Kong people, 90 per cent of them will ask for a boy. If they have a son already, they don't mind a daughter.' MS TANESTEE TOTEM, managing director of Marvel IVF Solutions in Bangkok ...

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