Is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) an Ethical Approach?

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is often associated with the misconception or myth which states that PGD/PGS is a method of gender selection and therefore, it is considered as an unethical approach. But facts state the opposite, i.e. PGD is the process of diagnosing or screening the cell of an embryo for presence of any genetic disease or abnormalities before implantation takes place.

Dr. Rita Bakshi’s perspective on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Dr. Rita Bakshi, a senior IVF specialist at International Fertility Centre (IFC) has an experience of more than 30 years in resolving women health issues and treating infertility. According to her, PGD is not at all unethical in any way as during PGD, she or her team at IFC does not look for sex chromosomes that would determine the gender of the baby.

Dr. Rita Bakshi takes absolute care so that no immoral activity is carried out at International Fertility Centre. Gender selection at her clinic is not at all encouraged or practiced as it is banned by the Indian government due to gender biased society and preference for the male child in the country.

Understanding Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

It is very important to understand the actual concept of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) before jumping onto any conclusion. During PGD, only the genetic diseases and abnormalities are looked for, when a single cell of an embryo is examined. An embryo is discarded if there is a prevalence of any disease or abnormalities in the cell. PGD is a way of preventing a genetic disease to pass on to the next generation which might cause terrible and horrifying effects on the baby’s ability to survive in the future.

PGD is the effective way that reduces pregnancy ruptures or miscarriages and no unethical or immoral is involved during the procedure. The procedure is carried out by the expert embryologists at IFC as it requires lot of attention and care while extracting cell of an embryo for the process so that no harm is caused to the embryo.

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