The head of the BPAS abortion business is drawing outrage today for defending the practice of killing girl unborn children in sex-selection abortions.
The comments come after the British government faced its own criticism for failing to prosecute abortion practitioners caught by the London Telegraph newspaper illegally arranging sex-selection abortions.
As the London Daily Mail reports:
Ann Furedi, the chief executive of BPAS, said no law prevents abortion on grounds of gender – and even compared it to abortion after rape. Her organization carries out more than a quarter of abortions in England and Wales.
Writing on the website Spiked, Mrs Furedi said that if doctors decide that going through with a pregnancy will damage the mental health of the mother-to-be, then abortion is within the law.
‘A doctor agreeing to an abortion on grounds of rape would be breaking the law no more and no less than a doctor who agrees an abortion on grounds of sex selection,’ she said.
‘While it is true that the sex of the foetus is not a legal ground for abortion, nor is rape, or incest, or being 13 years old.
‘Nor is being homeless, or abandoned, or just feeling there’s no way you can bring a child into the world… yet they are all reasons why a doctor may believe a woman has met the legal grounds of abortion.’
She continued: ‘The woman gives her reasons, the doctor decides on the grounds as set out in the law… there is no legal requirement to deny a woman an abortion if she has a sex preference, providing that the legal grounds are still met.
‘The law is silent on the matter of gender selection, just as it is silent on rape.’
Mrs Furedi claimed those who want to stop abortion on grounds of sex were hindering the pro-choice movement as much as anti-abortion protesters who picket clinics.
‘We either support women’s capacity to decide, or we don’t,’ she said. ‘You can’t be pro-choice except when you don’t like the choice, because that’s not pro-choice at all.’
Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign in Ireland, condemned Furedi’s statement.
“It is appalling that we are not hearing an outright condemnation of gender selective abortion from every quarter. Gender selective abortions target baby girls. By failing to condemn this practice, abortion providers are clearly demonstrating that despite what they may claim, they have no interest whatsoever in true women’s rights,” she told LifeNews.
Sherlock added: “This acceptance of gender selective abortion in Britain sends a worrying message to other countries and cultures where the discrimination against the girl child results in widespread abortion and infanticide. It is particularly shocking that Ann Furedi of the BPAS goes to such lengths to explain and even endorse this practice, ignoring the fact that accepting gender selective abortion perpetuates discrimination against the rights of women and girls.”
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Sex-selection abortion is an epidemic in nations like China and India, where cultural mores cause citizens to force male babies over females. But with people from those nations and other Asian countries where men are favored moving to nations like Great Britain, they are apparently taking the practice with them and finding abortion practitioners willing to do the abortions.
A government report earlier this year found signs that birth rates for girls and boys vary noticeably according to where their mothers were born. A health minister said that these differences in rates of male and female births among mothers of certain nationalities may “fall outside the range considered possible without intervention”.
In February 2012, two abortion practitioners in England were suspended for their roles in facilitating illegal sex-selection abortions as exposed by an undercover investigation the London Telegraph newspaper led.