Parents who want to pick the sex of their babies need only to travel to Turkey and pay for in-vitro fertilization there, an undercover BBC report has found.
As in Canada, sex selection is illegal in Britain is illegal, unless for medical reasons. For instance, if your family has a genetic disorder affecting only males, you can chose to have a girl.
Ironically, similar rules apply in Turkey, and yet the Jinemed Center, a fertility clinic in Istanbul, has proven a popular destination for patients wanting to pick the gender of their baby.
BBC reporter Colette McBeth took her husband and a hidden camera to a meeting with representatives from the centre and made it clear they wanted to have a girl. A video of the meeting shows the couple discussing with the representative ways to get around the law by pretending a heriditary desorder runs in their family.
The Turkish government is now investigating the centre, but the incident shows the ease with which medical tourism allows people to flout health laws in their own country.