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bpas comment on vote against sex-selective abortion amendment

 

Today, MPs voted against Fiona Bruce MP's sex-selective abortion amendment to the Serious Crime Bill. A bpas spokesperson said:

"We are relieved to see this amendment so clearly defeated. Department of Health guidance is clear that abortion for reasons of gender alone is not lawful and women generally do not request abortions simply because they prefer one sex over another. This was an amendment designed to undermine abortion law and provision in the UK, and would have harmed the very women it purported to protect.  Where gender inequality exists this should be tackled by challenging attitudes that elevate males over females, ‎not by further restricting women's reproductive choices."

ENDS

For more information please contact bpas at press@bpas.org or 07788 725 185

bpas briefing on the sex-selective abortion amendment is here.

About bpas

bpas is a charity which provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception from more than 40 centres across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.