Statement on gender selection – Policy Statement (Replaces #32 (Dec 1994))
198 - Published November 2007
This Policy Statement has been prepared and approved
by the Executive of the Society of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists of Canada.
This document replaces document No. 32, December 1994.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
believes that medical technologies and/or testing for the
sole purpose of gender identification in pregnancy should
not be used to accommodate societal preferences. Testing
may include but not be limited to diagnostic imaging, maternal
biochemical testing, chorionic villous sampling, amniocentesis,
and any pre-implantation genetic testing. Sex identification
with the intent of minimizing genetic transmission
of disease is generally well supported internationally, but
measures that perpetrate discrimination are condemned.
The SOGC does not support termination of pregnancy on
the basis of gender.