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New Department of Health analysis finds ‘no evidence’ of sex-selective abortions in Great Britain

New Department of Health analysis finds ‘no evidence’ of sex-selective abortions in Great Britain

A report published today by the Department of Health, Birth ratios in Great Britain: gender ratios at birth in Great Britain, 2010 to 2014, has found no evidence for gender selective abortions occurring over the period covered. 

Clare Murphy, bpas Director of External Affairs, commented: 

"This analysis of birth ratios finds no evidence of gender-selective abortion occurring in any community in Great Britain over the 4 years examined‎. Recently, those opposed to abortion have sought to whip up concerns over gender-selective terminations to try to gain support for further criminal sanctions against women and doctors providing abortion services.  This analysis shows there is no evidence that abortion is being used to prevent female births in the way these campaigners have suggested. We should be absolutely clear that if any woman ever comes under pressure to produce a baby of either sex, she needs the space to discuss her situation in confidence with her doctor or midwife – not be threatened with prosecution. Under our current laws, any woman who has an abortion at any gestation without the legal authorisation of 2 doctors can face life imprisonment. bpas believes strongly that it is time to take abortion out of the criminal law altogether, regulate it like all other clinical procedures, and trust women.”

ENDS

 
The full report, Birth ratios in Great Britain: gender ratios at birth in Great Britain, 2010 to 2014, is available online here.

For further information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377 or 07788 725 185 or press@bpas.org

About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.