Real progress made in campaign to stop sex selective abortions in Great Britain

By Dave Andrusko

gender-equality1  As reported by NRL News Today, last November the British House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a motion, introduced by Conservative member Fiona Bruce, that declared  that gender abortion (sex selection abortion) was illegal. As British reporters noted, the 181-1 vote  one of the most overwhelming majorities ever seen in the Commons.

“But the vote has no legal force and was tabled [introduced] to send out a ‘signal’ that the practice was not acceptable,” according to John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor for the Daily Telegraph.

Now the ante has been raised considerably.

“Abortion on grounds of gender could be formally outlawed in the UK within months after dozens of MPs backed a Parliamentary move to fast-track it onto the statute book,” Bingham reported. This was done even though the government, headed by David Cameron, is not behind the move, just as it opposed the motion last November.

What’s different this time around is, Bingham writes, that “More than 70 members, spanning the main parties, have put their names to an amendment to the Government’s Serious Crime Bill clarifying Britain’s abortion laws to exclude termination on grounds of the unborn baby’s sex.”

The amendment is to a bill “which contains new measures to combat domestic violence and female genital mutilation, has already completed its committee stage in the Commons and is on course to become law before the General Election in May,” according to Bingham.

For several years NRL News Today has reported on growing evidence that abortionists in Great Britain will abort a baby because the mother says she does not want a girl. The impetus for reform came from undercover work by the Daily Telegraph in which two abortionists were filmed agreeing to abortions because the unborn babies were girls. What followed next was nothing short of amazing.

Police investigated but the Crown Prosecution Service later refused to bring charges against the abortionists, saying that it was not in the “public interest.” An intensive debate began whether sex-selection abortions are illegal under the  1967 Abortion Act.

The British Medical Association chimed in that there could be circumstances in which it “would be lawful.” The largest “abortion provider” in the U.K.– the British Pregnancy Advisory Service—insisted it is not illegal under the 1967 law and that the law is “silent” on the subject.

Fiorna and others have since dedicated themselves to clearing up alleged uncertainties. In a column written this week for Mrs Bruce said

“The time has come to face up to the truth: sex-selective abortion is a reality in the UK – We can no longer ignore it.

“I do not pretend that my amendment can solve the problem of son-preference all on its own, but I know that it is a big step in the right direction.

“It is my hope that my colleagues in the Commons will agree that urgent action needs to be taken and vote in favour of my Amendment when the time comes.”

Bingham noted that the amendment has support from Mary Glindon, a Labor MP. She said, “If opposing the abortion of baby girls – often under coercion – makes me anti-choice, then I will wear the label with pride.”

Bingham also quoted Jasvinder Sanghera, founder and Karma Nirvana,  and a spokeswoman for the campaign website

“Sex-selective abortion is a reality in the UK.

“This is widely known in diaspora communities and beyond.

“The Government has a responsibility both to women suffering under cultural pressures and to their baby girls.”