Test Can Reveal a Baby’s Sex at 7 Weeks: Could it Lead to More Abortions?

August 11, 2011  |  

For all the mothers out there who had to wait further and further into their pregnancies to find out the sex of their children, you’ll be pleased (or pissed?) to know that a new blood test can determine the sex of your child as early as seven weeks. But some are wondering if the earlier it can be determined, the more people will use it for the wrong reasons–gender preference.

According to TIME, in a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, study results were published that show when people took the blood test, which go for $400 and scan the mother’s blood for DNA fragments, results were correct 94.8 percent of the time when predicting between seven to 12 weeks a baby boy would be born, and 98.9 percent of the time for girls. While many are thinking the testing will be used to help families that have a history of gender-related diseases, some are worried, and more so speculating, that people will take the test in order to figure out if the child is of the sex they prefer. If not, some doctors think abortions could take place so that parents can start over and try again for a new child. What do you think?

To read the full story, including if and when the test will make its way to the U.S. and more expert opinions, click over to TIME.

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  • Orange

    Parents who abort their children DONT LOVE THEM, dont be a fool if they abort and have another baby how are they gonna love it if they couldnt love the previosu one enough to save its life!!?

  • A Nobody

    If doctors can determine a birth defect or mental illness, i'm all for abortion.

    No one wants to be stuck with a handicapped person their whole lives.

  • Kayla

    i dont believe in abortion myself. but if woman are going to get one, dont do it for a shallow reason, like you wanted a girl, but ended up with a boy

  • Toni

    I agree with Paula, if you are lucky to have a baby you are blessed, unfortunately for other women they cant, and if ur just goin to abort ur baby cos its a girl. That CRAZY!!!!!

  • Paula

    I dont care if the baby is a boy or a girl, im gonna love the baby
    i think its cruel and horrible if u abort ur baby cos its not the sex you want it to be.
    That is foolishness