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bpas comment on DPP statement regarding sex selection abortion cases

The 1967 Abortion Act does not provide a list of reasons for abortion, but gives doctors the discretion to decide whether carrying the pregnancy to term poses a greater risk to a woman’s mental or physical health than ending it. There is no epidemic of women requesting abortion on the basis of foetal sex in the UK. The real sex selective abortion scandal is not the decision to take no further action against two doctors who were entrapped by journalists, but that some wish to use these cases to undermine women's access to abortion more generally. No woman would be served by further tightening what is already the most highly regulated healthcare procedure in the land.