A BABY'S sex should not be determined by parental whim and a few thousand dollars, according to responses to a government consultation exercise. The Provisional Council on Reproductive Technology has received 35 submissions from medical, social welfare and religious groups, over the draft bill governing the burgeoning fertility industry. Most said sex selection for social reasons should be banned, according to council's secretary Wong See-man. Mr Wong said individuals and groups argued the sex selection would upset the natural balance between two sexes and cause serious sexual discrimination. However, sex selection for medical reasons should be allowed, since it could avoid serious sex-linked hereditary diseases. But people held different views of whether such bans should be regulated under legislation, or the code of practice as in the case of other reproduction technology procedures. The two-month consultation exercise, which ended last week, also showed the use of foetal ovarian and testicular tissue in infertility treatment should be prohibited. Opponents said there were other options for infertile couples. They also expressed concern about possible incest. But they said use of ovarian or tissues for research should be allowed. Denis Chang Khen-lee, co-chairman of the council, said the response had been good and the body would consider the public's views seriously. Mr Wong said the council would hold a meeting next month on results of the consultation exercise before making a final decision, with the proposed Reproductive Technology Bill tabled in the Legislative Council early next year. Members have favoured following the British standard, which allows sex selection for medical reasons but bans baby-choosing for social purposes. The Hong Kong College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology yesterday called a meeting to announce its views on sex selection, infertility treatment and the licensing of doctors in the reproductive technology industry. The council proposes to license doctors, clinics and hospitals offering fertility treatment. This would force private clinics such as the controversial Gender Choice Centre in Central and public hospitals to apply for licences and submit to audits and inspections.