Gender choice: Is it playing God?

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Don’t get Lizette Frielingsdorf wrong. She loved her three boys—Jordan, Justin and Jake. Yet somehow she felt incomplete, especially when watching her friends happily shop with their daughters or when recalling those special times when her own mother took her to the ballet.

“Boys are great, but I started to think I’d love to have a girl, too,” she said. “I just wanted those things you do with a daughter.”

So at every bedtime she and her husband, Andy, bowed their heads and asked God for the pitter-patter of feminine feet. But they didn’t stop there. Like increasing numbers of parents, the Frielingsdorfs—she’s 33, he’s 35—turned to biotechnology to get the gender of their choice. The couple requested that their New York suburb not be identified, for reasons of privacy.


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