UK MPs vote overwhelmingly to ban sex-selective abortion

'It is a shame that this clarification is needed,' says the bill's sponsor.
Tue Nov 4, 2014 - 11:43 am EST
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A vote in the British Parliament this morning saw an almost complete majority favor a motion declaring that sex-selection abortion is illegal.

The vote of 181 to 1 for the Abortion (Sex-Selection) Bill tabled by pro-life Conservative MP Fiona Bruce will now go to second reading in January.

Bruce tabled the bill in an effort to end confusion over the legal status of sex-selective abortion in the UK.

"It is a shame that this clarification is needed. Successive health ministers and even the Prime Minister have been very clear … that abortion for reasons of gender alone is illegal. The Prime Minister has described the practice as appalling but they are being ignored," Bruce told the Commons. 

Because the 1967 Abortion Act does not having language that specifically outlaws sex-selective abortion, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the UK’s biggest abortion provider, has defended female gendercide on the grounds that as the Act is “silent” on the subject, sex-selective abortion is permitted.

Moreover, last year, the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prompted outrage from pro-life advocates when it issued a statement saying doctors would not be prosecuted if they carry out abortions based only on the child’s sex.

Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions, issued the statement to explain why authorities decided not to prosecute two abortionists caught on camera agreeing to sex-selective abortions. Starmer said the law “does not prohibit” such abortions.

The two abortionists were filmed as part of an undercover exposé by The Telegraph.

  abortion, sex selection abortion

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