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The Israeli National Committee for sex selection by pre-implantation genetic diagnosis: a novel approach (2005-2011).

Pessach N, Glasser S, Soskolne V, Barash A, Lerner-Geva L - Isr J Health Policy Res (2014)

Bottom Line: Most requested males, and the primary reason was the parents' intense emotional desire.Only one-fifth of the decisions were approvals, possibly reflecting reluctance to encourage non-medically-indicated PGD, a viewpoint not unique to Israel.Limitations include the relatively small number of cases and lack of access to Committee deliberation protocols.

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Affiliation: The National Social Work Service, Ministry of Health, 15 Noah Mozes St, Tel-Aviv, 67442 Israel.

ABSTRACT

Background: Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for fetal sex selection raises complex dilemmas. In Israel, PGD is regulated by the Ministry of Health. It is basically prohibited, but exceptions can be made upon approval by the National Committee for Sex Selection by PGD for Non-Medical Reasons (the "Committee"). This report describes the Committee's work since its inception in May, 2005 through December, 2011.

Methods: Files were abstracted onto a structured form. Discrete variables were analyzed by chi-square analysis, and continuous variables by T-Test.

Results: During the study period 411 applications were received. Two-thirds of the applicants (n = 276; 67.2%) were Jewish and 26.8% were Moslem Arab. Over two-thirds (n = 285; 69.3%) had no children of the requested sex and β‰₯4 children of the opposite sex. Three-quarters of the requests were for a male (n = 308; 74.9%): 100% of Arab and 63% of Jewish applicants. Many noted more than one reason for their request. The most frequent category (n = 201; 48.9%) was a strong emotional desire, followed by medically-related reasons (n = 83; 20.2%). For 216 applications a decision was arrived at, with 46 (21.3%) approved. Of the remaining 195 for 192 over a year had passed since last contact with the Committee. The likelihood of approval was higher if applicants met the criterion of β‰₯4 same-sex children than if they didn't (33.7% vs. 11.6%, P = 0.001). The largest number of approvals were those requested for 'emotional' reasons, while the highest approval rate was for religious reasons.

Conclusions: This study reviewed the first seven years of Committee activity. Most requested males, and the primary reason was the parents' intense emotional desire. Only one-fifth of the decisions were approvals, possibly reflecting reluctance to encourage non-medically-indicated PGD, a viewpoint not unique to Israel. Limitations include the relatively small number of cases and lack of access to Committee deliberation protocols. It is recommended that longitudinal studies be conducted to gain insight into the consequences to individuals, couples and families--both those whose requests were approved and those denied-- of this major step in reproductive technologies and in society's effort to respond to them.

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Mentions: Since its inception in 2005 and through 2011, the Committee met 47 times (approximately seven times yearly), and reviewed 411 applications. Although the number of applications varied from year to year (FigureΒ 2), in general a drop is noted from 82 in 2005 to 48 in 2011 (mean: 59 per year).Figure 2


The Israeli National Committee for sex selection by pre-implantation genetic diagnosis: a novel approach (2005-2011).

Pessach N, Glasser S, Soskolne V, Barash A, Lerner-Geva L - Isr J Health Policy Res (2014)

Number of yearly applications to the committee (N = 411).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig2: Number of yearly applications to the committee (N = 411).
Mentions: Since its inception in 2005 and through 2011, the Committee met 47 times (approximately seven times yearly), and reviewed 411 applications. Although the number of applications varied from year to year (FigureΒ 2), in general a drop is noted from 82 in 2005 to 48 in 2011 (mean: 59 per year).Figure 2

Bottom Line: Most requested males, and the primary reason was the parents' intense emotional desire.Only one-fifth of the decisions were approvals, possibly reflecting reluctance to encourage non-medically-indicated PGD, a viewpoint not unique to Israel.Limitations include the relatively small number of cases and lack of access to Committee deliberation protocols.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: The National Social Work Service, Ministry of Health, 15 Noah Mozes St, Tel-Aviv, 67442 Israel.

ABSTRACT

Background: Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for fetal sex selection raises complex dilemmas. In Israel, PGD is regulated by the Ministry of Health. It is basically prohibited, but exceptions can be made upon approval by the National Committee for Sex Selection by PGD for Non-Medical Reasons (the "Committee"). This report describes the Committee's work since its inception in May, 2005 through December, 2011.

Methods: Files were abstracted onto a structured form. Discrete variables were analyzed by chi-square analysis, and continuous variables by T-Test.

Results: During the study period 411 applications were received. Two-thirds of the applicants (n = 276; 67.2%) were Jewish and 26.8% were Moslem Arab. Over two-thirds (n = 285; 69.3%) had no children of the requested sex and β‰₯4 children of the opposite sex. Three-quarters of the requests were for a male (n = 308; 74.9%): 100% of Arab and 63% of Jewish applicants. Many noted more than one reason for their request. The most frequent category (n = 201; 48.9%) was a strong emotional desire, followed by medically-related reasons (n = 83; 20.2%). For 216 applications a decision was arrived at, with 46 (21.3%) approved. Of the remaining 195 for 192 over a year had passed since last contact with the Committee. The likelihood of approval was higher if applicants met the criterion of β‰₯4 same-sex children than if they didn't (33.7% vs. 11.6%, P = 0.001). The largest number of approvals were those requested for 'emotional' reasons, while the highest approval rate was for religious reasons.

Conclusions: This study reviewed the first seven years of Committee activity. Most requested males, and the primary reason was the parents' intense emotional desire. Only one-fifth of the decisions were approvals, possibly reflecting reluctance to encourage non-medically-indicated PGD, a viewpoint not unique to Israel. Limitations include the relatively small number of cases and lack of access to Committee deliberation protocols. It is recommended that longitudinal studies be conducted to gain insight into the consequences to individuals, couples and families--both those whose requests were approved and those denied-- of this major step in reproductive technologies and in society's effort to respond to them.

No MeSH data available.


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