Chrissy Teigen under fire for choosing gender of baby via IVF
Is it unethical to choose the gender of your baby?
Whether you're expecting your first child or 3rd child, one of the questions that you're always asked is "What are you hoping it is?" Personally my answer was always "a human" even though what people wanted to know was if I wanted a boy or girl. I wanted a boy but wouldn't have been heartbroken had it been a girl. After suffering a miscarriage previously all I wanted was for my baby to be born healthy. Cliched but true.
In a recent interview with People Magazine, model and wife of John Legend, Chrissy Teigan revealed that she chose the gender of their baby that had been conceived via IVF after struggling with infertility.
“Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little
embryo. I picked her and was like, ‘Let’s put in the girl.’ ”
Her reasons don't really matter to be honest, because it's their business and it's her body.
The internet however was not happy.
In a tweet that has since been deleted Twitter user @real_vondacole: "Did you choose the hair and the eye color too @chrissyteigen... smh messing with the natural blessings from God. I liked you a lot".
People on the internet were getting brave behind the keyboard and just being unnecessarily rude and hurtful.
After her mentions blew up she took to Twitter to clarify the situation a bit:
Countless times I've read posts on Facebook about how a mom-to-be was devastated because she wasn't carrying the gender of baby that she wanted. I can guarantee that those moms would have jumped at the chance to choose the gender of their babies. So why is it that when a celebrity does get the opportunity to do this do people jump down her throat?
Personally I wouldn't choose and just see where the cards fall. But IVF is already putting the baby-making process into the hands of science and I don't see how choosing a gender is any more controversial.
As Chrissy's final word on the whole drama:
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