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Doctors who organised sex selection abortions won’t be prosecuted, says CPS

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Issued on behalf of Christian Legal Centre

Press Release

For Immediate Release

5 September 2013

Doctors who organised sex selection abortions won’t be prosecuted, says CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said it will not pursue a prosecution of two doctors who agreed to arrange illegal abortions on the basis of the sex of the baby.

The two doctors were filmed agreeing to organise abortions for women who did not want a female baby during an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

But, after an 18 month investigation, the CPS has stated that even though it found enough evidence for “a realistic prospect of conviction,” prosecuting the doctors would not be in the “public interest.”

Sex selection abortions are a long standing problem in parts of India and China where boys are considered more desirable than girls for cultural or economical reasons.

But recent analysis of UK birth records by the Government suggested that sex selection abortions appear to be happening in Britain.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Legal Centre (CLC), commented: “By failing to follow through on its investigation the CPS is abdicating from its responsibility to make sure the law is kept.

“This is contrary to the law. Parliament makes the law and the CPS should enforce it.

“Its actions communicate that sex selection abortions are practically legal – something the vast majority of Britons would find reprehensible.

“We believe in the rule of law and that girls should not be terminated because boys are wanted.

“We shall be seeking counsel’s opinion and are considering a judicial review of this decision.”

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Andrea Minichiello Williams - 07712 591164


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