Beyoncé rocked the world–again–with news that she is pregnant with twins. But the joyous occasion raises a question whether the singer opted for in vitro fertilization to create designer babies. The practice is frowned upon by the medical profession.
Celebrities have been known to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to work in pregnancies around their busy schedules. In some cases, however, celebrities have used the process to pick the sex of their children or in many cases to have twins.
Last year, Chrissy Teigen shockingly revealed in an interview that she was having a designer baby with singer John Legend, even though the American Medical Association (AMA) says choosing a baby simply based on sex is “unethical.”
The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, an arm of the AMA, issued an opinion on the subject in the mid-1990s. It said using genetic selection for anything other preventing or curing specific diseases should not be practiced by doctors.
But celebrities seem to have no trouble finding Hollywood doctors willing to inseminate them with a designer embryo of their choice, whether it’s a boy, girl or twins.
Very few celebrities, however, talk about it, much less admit undergoing the procedure.
Two years ago, Kim Kardashian likely underwent the procedure to ensure her second child would be a boy. The tip off was her own announcement of the baby’s sex. She made it weeks before she could have known through natural means.
Kardashian quickly denied she was impregnated with only male embryos. Kim gave birth to a boy, Saint West, on Dec 5, 2015. The timing did nothing to undermine evidence that she used the controversial medical procedure.
Teigen may be the first celebrity to admit she chose the sex of her baby through in vitro fertilization.
“Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like, ‘Let’s put in the girl,’” she told People,.
Teigen also revealed that she plans to genetically engineer a boy next. “We’ll get there too, so it’s not like we really have to pick,” she said.
Many medical ethicists are appalled by genetic selection because Nazi Germany engaged in early research into genetic engineering to create a so-called “master race.”
The process also costs tens of thousands of dollars.
A doctor must extract several embryos from the womb, usually created by taking fertility drugs. The embryos are fertilized in a petri dish to determine which will produce the desired sex.
That embryo is implanted in the womb. The rest of the viable eggs are discarded in what amounts to multiple abortions.
Beyonce announced the exciting news on social media.
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters,” she captioned a photo.
Jay Z and Beyoncé’s first child, Blue Ivy, a girl, was born in 2012.
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