In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the United Kingdom, a doctor has been ordered to appear in court to face charges of offering to perform an illegal sex-selective abortion.
Dr. Prabha Sivaraman received the summons to appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court next month, after pro-life campaigner Aisling Hubert, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, launched a “private prosecution” against Sivaraman and a second doctor who were caught on camera in a sting operation by the Telegram newspaper offering no-questions-asked sex-selective abortions.
“Gender-abortion is a horrible practice. I took this dramatic step because those who should have done so were effectively turning a blind eye,” said Hubert, who is a member of the Abort 67 pro-life group.
The Telegraph’s original undercover investigation caused a public outcry after revealing that doctors and staff at private abortion facilities, often heavily subsidized by the government, were more than willing to falsify medical and other information on forms to allow abortion, effectively on demand.
In one of the Telegraph’s videos, Dr. Palaniappan Rajmohan told the undercover “patient,” “It’s like female infanticide, isn’t it?” He then suggested that the woman give a different reason on the forms.
Prabha Sivaraman was caught on film saying, “I don’t ask questions. If you want a termination, you want a termination,” when told by the pregnant woman she wanted to abort because the baby was a girl.
Although there was ample evidence against the two doctors, in a surprising move the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it would not pursue criminal charges against the abortionists, saying that such prosecutions are “not in the public interest,” and there was no “realistic prospect of conviction.”
“Again we have seen the establishment stand silent in the face of the abortion industry, hoping that the horrors will be swept under the carpet and the problems go away. But justice demands that something is done and that people are held to account for their actions. The law can only protect if it is enforced,” Hubert explained.
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Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said in a statement, “There has been public outcry over revelations of gender-abortion in the UK but no official action has been taken against the doctors.”
“We are proud to stand with this brave young woman as she battles for justice for unborn children and shames those who should have done so. The establishment has become complicit with the abortion industry because it is too frightened to stand up to it.”
Dr. Sivaraman will face a charge of “conspiracy to procure poison to be used with intent to procure abortion, contrary to section 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861,” while a court in Birmingham will hold a hearing in January to decide whether to issue a separate summons against Dr. Rajmohan.
Last week British MPs voted overwhelmingly to declare sex-selective abortion illegal following claims that the 1967 Abortion Act was unclear on the issue.
The vote of 181 to 1 for the Abortion (Sex-Selection) Bill tabled by pro-life Conservative MP Fiona Bruce will proceed to second reading in January.