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BPAS comment on Telegraph investigation into “sex selective abortion”

Telegraph reporters, apparently acting on claims made by pro-life campaigners, made undercover visits to five bpas units over the last few weeks seeking abortion for sex selection. They were unable to leave any of our units with an appointment for a procedure. All our clinics operate entirely in accordance with the law. 

“Sex selection is not one of the lawful grounds for termination. It is illegal for a practitioner to carry out an abortion for that reason alone, unless it is considered that the abortion is justified in relation to at least one of the legal grounds laid out by the 1967 Abortion Act.

“In bpas’ experience, requests for abortion on the grounds of sex selection are not common.  They are overwhelmingly made by journalists seeking to entrap those who have often devoted their working lives to this important area of women’s reproductive healthcare.”