Saturday, October 26, 2013

Is sex selective abortion illegal in the UK or not ?

The Daily Mail reports that the UK Chief Medical Officer (Dame Sally Davies) “is to write to all GPs to make it plain that abortions carried out solely on the grounds of the sex of the child are wrong.”

The Daily Mail said “The fact that the letter will be sent out to all family doctors was revealed in an answer to a Parliamentary question by public health minister Jane Ellison earlier this month.”
This initiative is a response to the decision of Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, not to prosecute two abortionists who were caught on camera agreeing to perform sex-selection abortions on a woman posing as a patient. Starmer said that while there were grounds to prosecute the men, it would not be in the “public interest.”

Ann Furedi, the chief executive of the abortion giant British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), wrote on a website that “doctors are legally free to terminate pregnancies when the parents are unhappy with the sex of the child,” explained the Daily Mail’s Daniel Martin.
 Furedi’s remarks posted on the online magazine “Spiked” resulted in major controversy.

Public health minister Ellison commented that after the letter was sent out, the Department of Health “would then work with relevant royal colleges and medical bodies to keep the guidance under review.”

We’ll have to wait to see if authorities really see sex-selection abortions as a violation of the 1967 Abortion Act. Hopefully, they will.