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ellenlyoo
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HenryGBR
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Assuming that the technology exists, parents should be allowed to choose the gender of their baby

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ellenlyoo
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/3/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ellenlyoo

Con

The first round is only for acceptance.
HenryGBR

Pro

I shall be fighting for the motion, in favour of parents wishing to select their children's gender.
Debate Round No. 1
ellenlyoo

Con

I would like to begin with one argument for round one.

The first argument that supports my choice is that letting parents choose the gender of the baby causes gender imbalance. Even at the current status quo, there is gender imbalance due to parents aborting their child as soon as they find out that their baby is a girl. Gender imbalance is the most severe in China. After the ultrasound scan had been invented in China, the boy and girl imbalance had become severe. However, if we allow parents to choose the gender of their baby, it will only cause more imbalance between gender, and create a more biased, male-oriented society as the population of males increase incredibly when compared to females. Of course the proposition may later on argue that there are the parents' rights to choose the gender of their own baby, but this argument does not make sense, because the citizens' rights should be limited to a degree that doesn't harm anybody else. However, letting parents choose the gender of their own baby will create a harm to the society in the present and the future as well (especially in countries that are more male-oriented) and in this case, the parents' rights to choice does not stand.
HenryGBR

Pro

HenryGBR forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
ellenlyoo

Con

So my opponent has forfeited the last round. So, I would just continue to state another argument from the opposition.

The second argument that I would like to present is that it is unethical. There are two perspectives of why this is unethical: it would be harming various aspects of biological birth, and it would be hurting the child later on. First, people should be born the way they were supposed to be, instead of their parents controlling them. However, by letting parents choose the gender of their baby, it would be violating nature"s law. Letting parents choose the gender of the baby is unethical itself already, even without its other and more severe consequences. As I had already stated in the first argument, most parents in countries such as China or India want boys. They think of girls as burdens, and boys as assets. In this case, my opponent may clearly argue that the parents know what will be best for their child. However, is choosing a male baby over a female baby choosing the best for their child? The answer is a no. Second, it would be hurting the child later on. For example, if a parent decided to choose a female, and the female child does something wrong, the parents may say that they should have chosen a boy instead of a girl. Then, the girl would feel hurt and would want to become a boy. If choosing the gender of their baby is allowed, it would only cause the parents to offend their child more about their gender and the gender roles of their child.
HenryGBR

Pro

HenryGBR forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by funwiththoughts 4 years ago
funwiththoughts
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro failed to actually show up.
Vote Placed by SPENCERJOYAGE14 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I am giving con best conduct because Pro forfeited, Con gets arguments because he had stuff to say, and it's a tie on spelling and sources because . Pro, never forfeit because it is unacceptable. If you are not going to finish a round don't accept the challenge and let people who would take the challenge. Con, It seemed as if you rattled around a lot, put some structure to your arguments please.