The view that sex-selective abortion is unethical is widely shared. But those who propose to use the law to prevent it need to supply a clear, compelling moral justification.
We are only just starting to appreciate the full sexual diversity of animals.
The risk of harm in sex selection stems from the fact that parents don't desire any child, they want a child of a particular sex, who is to remain within the limits of binary gender roles.
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.