Abortion

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 12 February on sex-selective abortions, whether they will examine the ratio of male to female births in a cross-section of postcodes and registration districts, including those districts where cultural factors may have led to sex-selective abortions; and whether they will draw to the attention of prosecuting authorities any instances of marked variation from normal male to female ratios.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 12 February on sex-selective abortions, whether they plan to introduce any educational initiatives to promote the right to life of an unborn girl and to challenge the belief that it is acceptable to perform abortions on the basis of gender.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Chief Medical Officer has written to all doctors involved in abortion care on two occasions (23 February 2012 and 23 November 2013). Both letters stated that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is illegal.

Given the large natural variation in gender ratios, large sample sizes are required to give tests of suitable power. Analysis for a cross-section of postcodes, particularly if further broken down by country of birth or ethnicity, is therefore not practical. It cannot be concluded from the available analysis that sex selective abortions are taking place.

Any specific allegations about gender-selective abortions being undertaken will be reported to the police.

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