The investigation by the Daily Telegraph of several private clinics across the country offering sex-selection terminations because the gender of the unborn baby is unwanted has briefly united campaigners on both sides of the normally highly polarised abortion debate. They have rightly spoken as one in soundly condemning the practice. The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has launched an inquiry. \”Sex selection is illegal and is morally wrong,\” he is reported as saying.
However, an alarm has also been raised by Darinka Aleksic, campaign co-ordinator for Abortion Rights. She has said that the illegal practices of a small number of clinics should not be used to push for even greater restrictions. Her warning is timely. Abortion is already heavily regulated and strictly licensed in Britain, controlled by legislation now 45 years old. A termination is legal up to 24 weeks, though the majority of terminations occur in the first 14 weeks. A woman who seeks an abortion needs the approval of two doctors and is required to receive counselling.
If such sex selective abortions are illegal then shouldn\’t you be calling for the law to be enforced? You know, that \”heavily regulated and strictly licensed\” thing?
And if they\’re not illegal but ought to be, shouldn\’t we be strenghtening that law?
Of course, if it\’s just fine to scoop one out because it\’s not got a dick then why don\’t you say so?