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More and more Singaporeans are heading overseas for medical procedures which allow them to choose their babies' gender.

According to The Straits Times, foreign destinations such as the United States, and increasingly Thailand, let parents choose the gender of their babies through a procedure known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which is banned in Singapore.

These places are also well-known for their skills in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Having sons important for people of Chinese ancestry

The managing director of Marvel IVF Solutions, an IVF facility in Bangkok, said 90 per cent of Singaporeans, Chinese nationals and Hong Kongers ask for boys.

That is because males are seen as heirs and capable of taking care of their siblings, the director said.

Other facilities such as Safe Fertility and PGD Centre in Bangkok and Fertility Institutes in Los Angeles also saw the same requests by Singaporean patrons, according to The Straits Times.

Embryos screened for gender or genetic diseases or both

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