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UK MPs Vote Against Introducing Ban on Sex-Selective Abortions

Last edited 23rd February 2015

UK MPs Vote Against Introducing Ban on Sex-Selective Abortions

MPs have voted against a proposed change in the law that would have outlawed abortions on the grounds of gender. Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP for Congleton, Cheshire, hoped to move an amendment to Section 5 of the Serious Crime Bill which would have explicitly made such abortions illegal. However, 292 MPs voted against the amendment, with 201 voting in favour.

Mrs Bruce has sought to change the law following revelations in a national newspaper three years ago that some British doctors had agreed to requests to abortions because of the unborn child’s gender. The Crown Prosecution Service refused to bring cases against the doctors involved.

Last year, Mrs Bruce’s Ten Minute Rule Bill proposing a ban on sex-selective abortions was supported by 181 votes to one.


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