Abortion on grounds of gender could be formally outlawed in the UK within months after dozens of MPs backed a Parliamentary move to fast-track it onto the statute book.
More than 70 members, spanning the main parties, have put their names to an amendment to the Government's Serious Crime Bill clarifying Britain's abortion laws to exclude termination on grounds of the unborn baby's sex.
The possibility of sex selective abortion in the UK was exposed in a Daily Telegraph investigation in which two doctors were filmed agreeing to terminations because the unborn babies were girls.
Police investigated but the Crown Prosecution Service later refused to bring charges against them, saying that it was not in the public interest.
The decision exposed uncertainty over the law. Ministers insisted the practice is illegal but guidance from the British Medical Association says there could be circumstances in which it “would be lawful”.
Significantly, the UK’s biggest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas), maintains that gender abortion is not illegal under the 1967 Abortion Act and that the law is “silent” on the subject."
Read article by John Bingham from The Telegraph.