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Selective Abortion in the UK

From The Telegraph:

Doctors at British clinics have been secretly filmed agreeing to terminate foetuses purely because they are either male or female. Clinicians admitted they were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the abortions even though it is illegal to conduct such “sex-selection” procedures.

Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said: “I’m extremely concerned to hear about these allegations. Sex selection is illegal and is morally wrong. I’ve asked my officials to investigate this as a matter of urgency.”

The disclosures will add to growing concerns about the regulation of abortion clinics and the apparent ability of women to secure terminations “on demand”.

Areas to think about:

  • What is the current legislative framework around abortion in the UK?
  • What are the ethical issues around selective abortions?
  • What do you feel is a doctor’s professional responsibility in this emotive field?

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