This is a truly shocking piece of news in this morning’s Telegraph;
Women in the UK are being granted illegal abortions by doctors based on the sex of their unborn baby. Doctors at British clinics have been secretly filmed agreeing to terminate foetuses purely because they are either male or female. Clinicians admitted they were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the abortions even though it is illegal to conduct such “sex-selection” procedures.
Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said: “I’m extremely concerned to hear about these allegations. Sex selection is illegal and is morally wrong. I’ve asked my officials to investigate this as a matter of urgency.” The disclosures will add to growing concerns about the regulation of abortion clinics and the apparent ability of women to secure terminations “on demand”.
I guess one of the BIG concerns this raises is the efficacy of the controlling Care Quality Commission, the NHS watchdog, which is already facing criticism over its failure to regulate care homes properly.
In my view those doctors facilitating “on demand” abortions such as those mentioned above should be struck off. I also wonder at the mindset of prospective parents who seek to abort on the basis of the gender of the baby.