Jeremy Hunt calls for clearer guidance on sex-selective abortions.
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has been reported to have issued urgent abortion guidance to doctors after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to take any action against two doctors who agreed to perform sex-selective abortions, even though no abortions were actually performed (reported in the November issue of image news). The decision was made due to the fact that allowing an abortion on the grounds of sex alone is not explicitly prohibited by the current law.
The CPS decision has crossed both Labour and Conservative lines, with concerns being expressed by politicians from both sides of the political divide. Doctors will now be issued with new guidelines making it clear that if there is “evidence that a certifying doctor has not formed an opinion in good faith, then the doctor performing the termination is not protected by the act and has potentially committed a criminal offence by terminating the pregnancy.”