Dozens of MPs Pushing for Ban on Sex-Selection Abortions in Britain

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jan 23, 2015   |   9:38AM   |   London, England

In 2014, Dr Prabha Sivaraman appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court after she was accused of conspiracy to procure poison to be used with intent to perform a sex-selection abortion. Sex-selection abortion is the practice of killing an unborn baby because of the babies’ gender.

As LifeNews previously reported, sex-selection abortion is an epidemic in nations like China and India, where women are often forced to abort female unborn babies. But in other countries many pro-life groups have reason to believe that these abortions take place illegally. In fact, in 2012 alone, two abortion practitioners in England were suspended for their roles in facilitating illegal sex-selection abortions after being exposed by an undercover investigation.

sexselectionabortion18Now, according to the Telegraph, sex-selection abortions could be formally outlawed in the UK after dozens of MPs backed a Parliamentary move to fast-track it onto the statute book. Last year, conservative MP Fiona Bruce, led the charge to declare the practice illegal; however, it was not a formal motion but served more as a signal that sex-selection abortion was unacceptable. Nevertheless, the motion received overwhelming support across party lines with a vote of 181-1.

Bruce told the Telegraph, “The time has come to face up to the truth: sex-selective abortion is a reality in the UK – We can no longer ignore it. I do not pretend that my amendment can solve the problem of son-preference all on its own, but I know that it is a big step in the right direction.”

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She added, “It is my hope that my colleagues in the Commons will agree that urgent action needs to be taken and vote in favor of my Amendment when the time comes.” As of right now, more than 70 members of the Parliament have put their names on the amendment.

A LIFE Spokesman, Mark Bhagwandin, commented on illegal abortions late last year, saying “For too long the industry has consistently abused, and in cases flagrantly broken the law on abortion with seeming impunity. In an industry where in practice there is abortion on demand it is no surprise that some abortionists see no problem terminating an unborn child simply because it is the wrong gender.”

In the United Kingdom, four out of five adults support the prosecution of doctors who authorize gender-abortion; and 80% of British adults agreed that ‘where it can be proved that an abortion was authorized on grounds of the baby’s gender, the doctor authorizing that abortion should be prosecuted.’