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Chester Chief constable urged to investigate termination of 28-week-old baby

Printer-friendly versionTHE Chief Constable of Cheshire, Mr Peter Fahy, has been urged to launch an immediate investigation into a possible illegal termination of a 28-week-old baby whose mother lives in the Chester area.

THE Chief Constable of Cheshire, Mr Peter Fahy, has been urged to launch an immediate investigation into a possible illegal termination of a 28-week-old baby whose mother lives in the Chester area.

In a letter to Mr Fahy, sent by the Lawyers‘ Christian Fellowship (LCF) acting on information by concerned doctors, nurses and members of the public, the police chief’s attention was drawn to a story reported in The Sunday Times on May 20, regarding the abortion of a baby after 28 weeks gestation.

On the Doctors‘ internet website, www.doctors.uk.net, the woman’s GP stated he had refused to refer her for an abortion on the basis that to perform one at that late stage on a healthy foetus would be illegal. The gestation of 28 weeks had been confirmed by ultrasound.

The story came to light after she visited him a number of weeks later, was no longer pregnant, and informed the GP that she “had it sorted privately”.

The LCF have advised the Chief Constable of the name and GMC registration number of the GP concerned.

Under the 1967 Abortion Act (as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990) doctors are protected from prosecution if they perform an abortion, but only if certain criteria are fulfilled. It is illegal in the UK to abort a healthy foetus after the 24-week limit.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, public policy director at LCF told Mr Fahy: “It is difficult to know exactly what has happened here, whether an illegal abortion has taken place in the UK, or whether the patient was referred abroad. It is also possible that she was seen by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, as that is where she was referred by a colleague of the GP mentioned. Whether an illegal abortion has taken place in the UK, or the patient was referred overseas it is necessary to have an investigation into this matter.”

A similar case is being dealt with by the West Midlands constabulary where Dr Saroj Adlakha and Shilpa Abrol are due to stand trial at Birmingham Crown Court later this year for an offence of conspiracy to commit child destruction. Greater Manchester Police have also dealt with a case of child destruction.


For further information:
Andrea Minichiello Williams: 0771 259 1164; Paul Eddy (PR) 01202 522177, 07930 201 9430.

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