MP: 'Why I'm backing Bill to end sex selective abortions'
parliamentary bill put forward to the House of Commons by Burnham-On-Sea's
MP Tessa Munt has received overwhelming support in a vote.
bill seeks to ensure abortion undertaken for reasons of sex-selection
is made illegal.
issue first came to light last year when a national newspaper
reported on the Director of Public Prosecutions choosing not to
bring charges against two doctors caught on camera agreeing to
arrange abortions of baby girls purely because of their sex.
case was investigated by Scotland Yard and passed on to the Crown
Prosecution Service, which said that although there was enough
evidence, it was not in the public interest to bring
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Whilst this incident was a rare
occurrence in the UK, in countries like India, China and Pakistan
its a big problem. I felt it would be helpful to clarify
the law for the avoidance of doubt in the future."
voted 181 to 1 for a Bill put forward by Ms Munt and 11 other
MPs aiming to end confusion about the legality of this practice.
The Bill will have its second reading in Parliament in January.