Selective abortion in Great Britain

Publié le : 13 September 2013

 The British Health Minister has asked the Public Prosecutor’s Department for "urgent clarification" regarding its decision not to prosecute two doctors who agreed to carry out an abortion because of the female gender of the foetus. 

The Daily Telegraph revealed this case following a long enquiry proving that selective abortions are carried out in immigrant communities in Great Britain. After having equipped four pregnant women of different ethnic origins with hidden cameras and sent them to nine British clinics to request an abortion on the grounds that the sex of the foetus was not what they wanted, two doctors agreed to carry out an abortion masking "female infanticide" by "social reasons" or the fact that the women were "too young to be mothers".       
Despite the proof highlighted by the British daily newspaper, the Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute these doctors "so as not to dissuade doctors from practising legitimate abortions" on the one hand, and on the other hand because no selective abortion was carried out in the end because, from its perspective, the British Medical Council would be better placed to manage "these specific cases". Such a decision gives Health Minister Jeremy Hunt cause for concern because abortions based on gender selection are "against the law" and "completely unacceptable". 
In the United Kingdom, abortion is permitted up to 24 weeks (compared to 12 in France), which gives parents ample time to find out the sex of their unborn child. A survey conducted by the University of Oxford in June 2007 revealed a clear imbalance in terms of boy-girl ratio amongst Indian mothers who give birth to their children in Great Britain. As in China or India, this would account for the increase in determining the gender of unborn children and the rise in the number of female foetuses that are aborted. It should be noted that almost 190,000 abortions are carried out each year in England and Wales.

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