Skip to comments.MPs call for doctors to record the sex of aborted foetuses (girls killed in Britain)
Posted on 01/18/2013 6:47:02 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
There have been calls for an inquiry after minister disclosed that birth rates for girls and boys vary noticeably according to where their mothers were born.
It was the first official statistical evidence potentially backing up concerns that sex-selection abortions are being carried out in Britain.
Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP for Congleton, has tabled an early day motion which calls on the Department of Health to ensure the data of aborted foetuses is reported so that statistical evidence of crime cannot be hidden.
The early day motion was also signed by Jim Dobbin, the Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton.
Lord Alton of Liverpool, a crossbench peer and former MP who campaigns against abortion, said the Government should take note of the welcome news that MPs from both sides of the Commons have joined forces to call for an end to the Department of Health's refusal to collect data on sex selection abortions.
Related Articles Abortion data rules 'reconsidered' by ministers 11 Jan 2013 The abortion of unwanted girls taking place in the UK 10 Jan 2013 Abortion laws don't need to alter: attitudes towards girls do 11 Jan 2013 It cannot be right that the lives unborn children are being ended simply on the grounds of its gender and that Ministers and officials refuse to act and assess the data, he said.
The Department for Heath last week said there are absolutely no plans to collect data on the sex of unborn babies at the time of abortion because it would raise serious ethical and clinical issues.
Abortions for non-medical reasons are legal until 24 weeks, but terminations on grounds of sex of the foetus are illegal under the 1967 Abortion Act....
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
The practice of aborting unborn babies on the basis of sex has long been considered a problem in areas of India and China, where boys are sometimes considered favourable for cultural or economic reasons.
There has been little official research on whether the practice is carried out in some of Britains immigrant communities.
Many hospitals have stopped giving parents information on the gender of their babies until late in the pregnancy.
However, blood tests that disclose the sex of a foetus are widely available on the internet or abroad.
In 2010 there were 189,574 terminations in England and Wales, an eight per cent increase in the past decade.
A Department of Health spokesman said: "Abortion based on sex selection is illegal and is morally wrong. UK birth ratios are within normal limits. However, we continue to closely monitor ratios and we are in the process of analysing preliminary data. If anyone has evidence of sex selection abortions being performed in specific cases, we will refer to the police to investigate.
"Identifying the gender of aborted foetuses raises serious ethical and clinical issues. We absolutely have no plans to introduce such a practice."
OK to slice 'n' dice them --- but identify their sex? Unacceptable, chaps. That would violate their privacy!
Wonderful to find somebody in the Dept. of Health with such a finely-developed sense of ethics.
China and India are notorious for aborting little girls...both in the womb and beyond.
“China and India are notorious for aborting little girls...both in the womb and beyond.”
They’ve adopted different measures to try to stop that; Red China is starting to grant waivers to some women who have a girl as their first baby, and India has outlawed abortions after the gender of the baby has been made known to the mother. Both are still routinely ignored anyway, and the slaughter continues (with the resulting predictably lopsided male:female ratio). I’d love to see how the US tries to make the legal argument for this; while encouraging people to destroy “sick” babies, they’ll try to outlaw destroying others.
I wish black lawmakers would demand a breakdown of abortions by color; blacks in particular have been decimated by it.
But wait a minute - aren’t they just a blob of tissue? How can they determine sex? The center does not hold.
Women are the child-bearers. The next generation will have to have women, will it not? Pretty much the opposite of valuing/ elevating women as the child-bearers in Christianity.
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