HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 c1094W
John Barrett

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has collated on whether sex selective abortions are taking place in the UK. [57685]

Ms Blears

We have no evidence that sex selective abortions are being performed. An abortion may only take place on grounds under the Abortion Act 1967, as amended. While abortion on grounds of foetal sex alone is not specifically prohibited, it is illegal. The sex of an unborn child might, however, be a legitimate factor if in a practitioner's judgment, an abortion in a particular case is justified on the medical grounds specified in the Abortion Act, for example in sex-linked inherited conditions.