Concern grows in UK over gender abortions
Failure to prosecute could make abortion laws obsolete, says MP
- Steven Swinford for The Telegraph
- United Kingdom
- September 12, 2013
The Prime Minister said he "shared the concern" of an MP who warned that the failure to prosecute meant that Britain's abortion laws are at risk of becoming "obsolete". He said it was "absolutely right" that the doctors could still be subject to disciplinary action.
The two doctors were exposed after The Daily Telegraph mounted an investigation and published its results in February last year.
Acting on specific information, undercover reporters accompanied pregnant women to nine clinics in different parts of the country.
In two cases doctors were filmed offering to arrange terminations after being told the mother-to-be did not want to go ahead with the pregnancy because of the sex of the unborn child.
Mr Cameron praised The Daily Telegraph for highlighting "this important case" and said it was "absolutely right" that the doctors could face "professional" consequences.
He made the comments after Nadine Dorries, a Conservative MP, claimed that the Crown Prosecution Service's decision made Britain no better than India and China.
She said: "Last week, despite having enough evidence to prosecute, the CPS chose not to prosecute doctors in Britain offering to abort a baby because it was a female.
"And do you agree with me, prime minister, that this is very uncomfortable, the fact the 57 Act is now almost obsolete and puts our abortion policy on a par with India and China and a female foetus in the womb today is more vulnerable than she was last week?"