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SBS consulted Australian relevant medical organizations but none of them were immediately concerned that sex selective abortions might be taking place in Australia.


President of the National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (NASOG), Dr Michael Aitken, said he doesn't think sex-selective abortions are a big issue in Australia even though there may be isolated incidents.


Australian Medical Association's spokesman, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Dr Gino Pecoraro, says female foeticide is illegal in Australia, but he thinks patients have the right to know the gender of the baby and that doctors should not withhold information from them.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) does not have an official position on the gender ratio in a given population or the influence of year, parity, ethnicity, or environmental factors.

RANZCOG's president, Professor Michael Permezel, told SBS:

"RANZCOG recognises that there are medical indications for gender selection in the situation of some rare genetic disorders".

"RANZCOG does not support gender selection for reasons of parental preference or family gender balancing. If there is good evidence that this is occurring in Australia or New Zealand, RANZCOG would support an appropriately conducted investigation".

"RANZCOG endorses the NHMRC Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research 2004 (revised 2007) and under current review. Document.

"RANZCOG endorses the NECAHR Guidelines on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) published by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Document.


The Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) explains the NHMRC’s Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2007 (ART guidelines) provide ethical guidelines for clinical practice and research involving assisted reproductive technology.

NHMRC declined to comment on sex-selective abortion, stating that “the "NHMRC guidelines only apply to the formation and use of human embryos through the use of assisted reproductive technology, not through abortion".