A young pro-life advocate in England is facing a huge legal bill after she sued two doctors who were caught in an undercover sting agreeing to perform illegal sex-selection abortions.
A British court recently required Aisling Hubert, 23, to pay £47,000 (about $62,000) to the two doctors after a court threw out her case in December, according to Premier.
Her case was based on evidence from a 2012 undercover investigation by The London Telegraph, which caught abortion doctors Prabha Sivaraman and Palaniappan Rajmohan, also known as Raj Mohan, on video agreeing to abort unborn babies simply because of their sex. Sex-selection abortions are illegal in England.
“It feels as though I am being punished by the legal establishment for exposing its reluctance to challenge gender-abortion,” Hubert said. “These two doctors were filmed offering gender-abortion. I sought to bring them to justice. Now I am being punished and told to pay a huge sum to them. Where is the justice in that? It is completely immoral.”
Hubert filed her own case against the two abortionists, with the help of the Christian Legal Centre, after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it would not be in the “public interest” to prosecute the doctors in 2013.
“I believe this is a really sad day for women in the UK,” she said at the time, Premier reported. “We have abhorred the practice in China and India, where millions of (unborn) baby girls are killed simply for being girls. Yet when a case like this is exposed in the UK, the CPS actively works to stop a lawful prosecution.”
In December, Hubert asked the Royal Courts of Justice to overturn the CPS decision not to prosecute the doctors, but two High Court judges upheld the decision, according to the news outlet.
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The heavy legal fines have Hubert back in court. She said she cannot pay the bill on her own. A court hearing is scheduled to determine the outcome of the matter, the report states
“This isn’t just about abortion, it’s about our justice system,” Hubert recently said. “Private prosecution is an important check and balance on state power. It allows private citizens to fight for justice when the state apparatus has failed or turned a blind eye. But these massive costs will make it impossible for people like me in the future.”
The Lozier Institute’s Nora Sullivan previously wrote more about the situation at LifeNews:
Following an inquiry, the CPS acknowledged that there was sufficient evidence to justify a prosecution with a “sufficient prospect of conviction.” However, the CPS told the police that a “public interest test” has not been met. They announced that there was no need to launch an investigation as the General Medical Council (GMC), which oversees the conduct of doctors, would deal with the case. The GMC, however, has no legal enforcement powers and does not have the authority to prosecute breaches of the law.
Andrea Williams, Director of the UK’s Christian Legal Centre, stated, “This is contrary to the law. Parliament makes the law and the CPS should enforce it.” She added, “We believe in the rule of law and that girls should not be terminated because boys are wanted, or that a baby should be terminated because of a cleft palate.”
In January of , the British government released the first statistical data backing up concerns that sex-selection abortions are being carried out in the UK. A health minister said that the ratios of male and female births among mothers of certain nationalities may “fall outside the range considered possible without intervention.” Sex-selective abortion has long been considered a serious problem throughout India and China, where sons are considered preferable for a long list of cultural as well as economic and social reasons.
An undercover investigation by Live Action also caught American abortion facilities agreeing to perform the discriminatory sex-selection abortions in 2012. Unlike in England, sex-selection abortions are legal in most parts of the United States. Only a handful of states have laws banning the discriminatory practice.