In his spacious, oak-paneled office down the hall, Steinberg is surrounded by photos of his own naturally conceived children. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that still legally allows PGD for prenatal sex selection.
His clinic is the world leader for this gender selection technique, known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). The procedure was designed in the early 1990s to screen embryos for chromosome-linked diseases.
Business quadrupled when Steinberg started advertising PGD for gender selection.
The group said the practice would promote gender discrimination and was an inappropriate use of medical resources. In 2009, Steinberg came under a worldwide media firestorm when he announced on his website that couples could also choose their baby’s eye and hair color, in addition to gender.Desperate for a baby girl, Simpson and her husband drove four hours to a fertility clinic in Michigan.Gender selection is illegal in Canada, which is why the couple turned to the United States.He revoked the offer after receiving a letter from the Vatican.Steinberg seems to enjoy the attention, whether good or bad.