For those of us in the United States, November 4th is election day. Of particular concern to pro-lifers, the November 4th election will determine control of the Senate, which approves Supreme Court nominees. Given the age of some of our current Justices, both pro- and anti-abortion, there’s no telling what could happen between now and the beginning of the next presidential administration.
But November 4th is a significant day for pro-lifers in the U.K. as well. On that day, a bill on sex-selective abortion will be introduced to Parliament.
According to Stop Gendercide, the bill is needed to address significant ambiguity in the law:
Recently, it has emerged that the terms of the Abortion Act have been so
widely interpreted that they may even permit an abortion on ground of fetal
The three biggest institutions representing those who regulate and perform
the majority of abortions in the UK all disagree on sex-selective abortion.
The Government argues that ‘abortion on the grounds of gender alone is
illegal’. However, the British Medical Association disagrees, arguing
that there are sometimes mental health grounds for a sex-selective
abortion. The British Pregnancy Advisory (BPAS) disagrees with both the
Government’s and BMA’s interpretations of the law. In their literature, still
available on their website, they pose the question ‘Is abortion for reasons
of fetal sex illegal under the Abortion Act?’ They answer ‘No. The law is
silent on the matter’.
The bill is designed to “remove all doubt” that sex-selective abortion is illegal.
The U.K. has a well-documented sex-selective abortion problem. A recent undercover investigation by the Telegraph found that abortion for sex selection was available “with no questions asked,” and that abortion business staff “were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the procedures.” (What I would give to have similar media-led investigations in the United States. Instead, the mainstream media is so stubbornly supportive of abortion that the pro-life movement has to conduct those investigations itself; hence the existence of Live Action.)