Abortion: Gender Selection

Department of Health written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of how widespread sex-selective abortion would have to be before it was detectable in nationally-compiled birth ratios.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department is committed to publishing an analysis of birth ratios annually; the latest report was published in August 2015.

Assessments were carried out to inform this analysis and Annex C of the latest publication ‘Assessment of termination of pregnancy on grounds of the sex of the foetus’ summarises the findings with further technical detail in Annex B of the publication; a copy is attached.

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