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House of Lords written question – answered on 21st December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any differences between their policies on gendercide in the United Kingdom and the policies on gendercide they urge upon countries outside British jurisdiction.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Infanticide is a criminal offence in the UK regardless of the gender of the victim. It is also illegal to abort a foetus based on its gender alone, although the sex of an unborn child might be a legitimate factor in an abortion subject to medical grounds specified in the 1967 Abortion Act. We make no distinction between our condemnation of infanticide and sex-selective abortion in the UK and internationally.

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