The illegal practice of sex-selection abortions is so widespread in England that it is responsible for killing thousands of girls and as many as 5,000 girls are missing from the census, official reports say.
Official figures suggest as many as 4,700 females who should have been included in census numbers have disappeared from the latest national census records of England and Wales, raising fears that the bias in favor of boys that results in sex-selection abortions in Asian nations like China and India has made its way to the U.K.
Anthony Ozimic, communications manager of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), told the Daily Mail the statistics could “provide more evidence of the reality of eugenics in modern British medicine.”
He said: “Britain could start to experience some of the ill-effects of gender imbalance seen in those immigrants’ native countries. Lethal discrimination on the grounds of sex will result inevitably in damaging the common good of society.”
The Independent has more on this grim situation:
The practice of sex-selective abortion is now so commonplace that it has affected the natural 50:50 balance of boys to girls within some immigrant groups and has led to the “disappearance” of between 1,400 and 4,700 females from the national census records of England and Wales, we can reveal.
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A government investigation last year found no evidence that women living in the UK, but born abroad, were preferentially aborting girls. However, our deeper statistical analysis of data from the 2011 National Census has shown widespread discrepancies in the sex ratio of children in some immigrant families, which can only be easily explained by women choosing to abort female foetuses in the hope of becoming quickly pregnant again with a boy. The findings will reignite the debate over whether pregnant women should be legally allowed to know the sex of their babies following ultrasound scans at 13 weeks.
Some experts have argued that the baby’s sex should be withheld automatically until much later in pregnancy, when abortions are more difficult to obtain – as some NHS hospitals have already started to do.
About 10 per cent of the 190,000 abortions carried out in England and Wales in 2011 took place after 13 weeks of pregnancy, when the sex organs of the foetus are clearly visible from ultrasound scans – which are available privately – and doctors can predict gender with an accuracy of more than 99 per cent.
Abortions based solely on gender are illegal in Britain and in many other countries, even those where the practice is widespread. In parts of India and China there are now as many as 120 or 140 boys for every 100 girls despite a ban on sex-selective abortion.