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International Journal of Reproductive Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 242174, 3 pages
Research Article

The Australian Community Does Not Support Gender Selection by IVF for Social Reasons

1Monash IVF, Epworth Hospital, Bridge Rood, Richmond, VIC 3121, Australia
2Roy Morgan Research, 401 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia

Received 10 September 2013; Accepted 26 November 2013

Academic Editor: Samir Hamamah

Copyright © 2013 Kovacs Gab et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study was carried out to determine the attitudes of the Australian community to IVF by a reliable community poll. Cross-sectional surveys, conducted by telephone of a random sample of 650 Australians were undertaken. The sample was drawn from the residential phone numbers in the Australian electronic “White Pages” and stratified by geographical area with quotas controlled by gender and age to be representative of the Australian population. The participants were asked to answer to three questions about gender selection, and their response was measured as “yes-allowed,” “no-not allowed,” or “undecided” for each of the questions. Whilst 91% of respondents supported the use of IVF to help infertile couples, only 20% supported gender selection within IVF or for family balancing. When it came to the use of IVF only for gender selection, only 17% were in favour. This survey shows that Australian community overwhelmingly opposes gender selection for social reasons.