British Doctors Won’t be Charged With Doing Illegal Sex-Selection Abortions [Excerpts]
British doctors found to be doing illegal sex-selection abortions will not face criminal charges, according to a new report.
Sex-selection abortion is an epidemic in nations like China and India, where cultural mores cause citizens to force male babies over females. But with people from those nations and other Asian countries where men are favored moving to nations like Great Britain, they are apparently taking the practice with them and finding abortion practitioners willing to do the abortions.
A government report earlier this year found signs that birth rates for girls and boys vary noticeably according to where their mothers were born. A health minister said that these differences in rates of male and female births among mothers of certain nationalities may “fall outside the range considered possible without intervention.”
In February 2012, two abortion practitioners in England were suspended for their roles in facilitating illegal sex-selection abortions as exposed by an undercover investigation the London Telegraph newspaper led. Now the Telegraph says they will not face charges.
"Doctors who agreed to arrange illegal abortions based on the sex of an unborn baby have been told they will not face criminal charges, despite prosecutors admitting that there is enough evidence to take them to court, it emerged on Wednesday night. The two doctors were filmed agreeing to arrange terminations for women who requested them purely because they said they did not want to have a baby girl. One of the doctors did so despite likening the practice to “female infanticide” while the other told a woman her job was not to “ask questions.” The CPS acknowledged, following a 19-month inquiry, that there was sufficient evidence to warrant a prosecution with a “realistic prospect of conviction”. But it told police that a “public interest test” had not been met.
"Dr Peter Saunders, chief executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, who was among those who complained to police, accused the GMC of failing to have the courage to apply the criminal law. 'We seem to have a situation where, at the whim of the CPS, procedures that are clearly laid out in the Abortion Act can be completely disregarded by doctors and the NHS,' he said. That seems to put doctors above the law and raises questions about the CPS upholding the will of Parliament. 'We seem to have doctors being allowed to reinterpret the law with apparent impunity – it is quite extraordinary’.”