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Police and GMC investigate claims that doctors have aborted fetuses on basis of sex

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1479 (Published 27 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1479
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The police and the General Medical Council are investigating claims that some doctors in England are approving abortions on the basis of the fetus’s sex.

The inquiries follow allegations by the Daily Telegraph newspaper, after undercover reporters visited abortion clinics and recorded doctors apparently acceding to women’s requests to terminate their pregnancies solely because of the unborn child’s sex.

The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, said that he was “shocked” to read the reports and had asked police, the GMC, and the Care Quality Commission, which registers and inspects clinics, to investigate the allegations. “Selecting for gender in this way is not only morally wrong, it is also illegal,” he added.

“If this …

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