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And this lack of justification is amplified by concerns over the symbolic harm caused by enshrining such a restriction in legislation, about what this might seem to say about people with disabilities. 23 This may be sufficient to filter out the most extreme cases of selecting for disability (if indeed there are any such cases) including those in which the child’s life would be so awful that it would be ‘harmed by being created’. Consider, for example, the following comment by Ed Smith (who has himself been has been quadriplegic since 1998): “I know several people with quadriplegia who swear up and down that they are really happy.

Eating more bananas, using alkaline douches, conceiving close to ovulation, increasing the intake of breakfast cereal, and using some positions for sexual intercourse rather than others, have all been thought to increase the likelihood of conceiving a son rather than a daughter. 1 Whether or not these ‘folk’ methods work, many people would find nothing to object to in these ways of attempting to influence the sex of your baby, and certainly wouldn’t support any moves to make such practices illegal.

Eating more bananas, using alkaline douches, conceiving close to ovulation, increasing the intake of breakfast cereal, and using some positions for sexual intercourse rather than others, have all been thought to increase the likelihood of conceiving a son rather than a daughter. 1 Whether or not these ‘folk’ methods work, many people would find nothing to object to in these ways of attempting to influence the sex of your baby, and certainly wouldn’t support any moves to make such practices illegal.

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