Attitudes toward sex selection: A survey among potential users in Israel

Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, Galit Hirsh-Yechzkel, Valentina Boyko, Tamar Wainstock, Eyal Schiff, Liat Lerner-Geva

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Objective: Since 1995, Israel allows social sex selection (SxS) under certain circumstances. However, data regarding the attitudes of potential users are limited.Methods: The study population composed of a stratified sample of Israeli married men and women at the reproductive age (women aged 17-45, men aged 17-65), who had 1-2, 3, or 4+ children of the same sex.We conducted telephonic interviews with 687 Israeli residents using a structured questionnaire that included the following items: demographic characteristics, opinions regarding SxS, personal interest in expanding the family, and interest in choosing the sex of a future child. Results: Among the group of respondents who wanted to have more children (true potential users of the technology), 42.6% wished to select the sex of a future child. Strong desire for family balancing was found. In a multivariable logistic regression model, being an ultra-orthodox was associated with a lower desire to choose (OR = 0.02; 95% CI: 0.01-0.06), while having more same-sex children was associated with a greater desire to choose (OR = 3.12; 95% CI: 1.54-6.32). Conclusions: It can be estimated that if SxS were to be freely permitted in Israel, less than half of those for whom SxS is truly relevant would want to use the technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1025
Number of pages7
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemiology
  • Family balancing
  • Genetic counseling
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
  • Psychosocial, legal and ethical
  • Sex selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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