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Why does a woman want to choose the gender of her child? Kate is a mother of two boys and she wants a girl. She believes she has the right to have a girl. But it is illegal in Australia. Listen to Kate's story.
Florencia Melgar and Marcia de los Santos / SBS Radio

9 Sep 2015 - 1:14 PM  UPDATED 9 Sep 2015 - 1:17 PM

Currently prospective parents in Australia are banned from selecting the sex of their babies unless there is a risk of transmitting a serious genetic condition to the offspring.

The debate on the use of sex selection technology by IVF clinics in Australia has returned to the spotlight after the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced it would soon begin reviewing public submissions on its Assisted Reproductive Technology guidelines.

But the ban could soon be lifted if the NHMRC’s review identifies an overwhelming support for the practice.

Kate is the author of one of the submissions the NHMRC is reviewing. 

Listen to Kate's story

ALSO: Listen to SBS's feature on gender selection.