Knoxville fertility expert discusses Chrissy Teigen pregnancy backlash

National Embryo Donation Center President believes what happens with left over embryos is the problem

FILE - In this July 18, 2011 file photo, model Chrissy Teigen, left, and singer John Legend pose for photos after the Dineila Brazil swim suit show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami Beach, Fla. Teigen and Legend announced on their Instagram accounts, Monday, Oct. 12, that they are expecting their first child. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Chrissy Teigen has openly shared her struggle with infertility. She eventually tried invitro-fertilization last year and announced her pregnancy in October. However, the model is facing criticism for comments made in People magazine interview.

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Teigen told the magazine, “I’ve made this decision. Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like ‘Let’s put in the girl.'”

Her comment re-ignited a debate on whether or not it was right to choose the gender of a child. Some believe it is not safe for the embryo and can cause gender bias.

Teigen defended her and husband John Legend’s decision on Twitter.

WATE 6 On Your Side talked to the National Embryo Donation Center President Dr. Jeffery Keenan for his take on the story.

Kennan believes the problem is not choosing the gender.

“They say they’re going to use all of the embryos and they just want to choose the order the sex came in. That is certainly a decision they can legally make,” said Kennan. “Most of the time when people do embryonic sex selection, the other embryos are discarded. So that is where we have the problem.”

The center’s headquarters are in Knoxville and opened in 2003.

 

 

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