Public prosecutor explains reasons for not prosecuting doctors who agreed to abort female fetuses

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 08 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6089
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Ethical guidance from the BMA that there may be circumstances in which an abortion on the ground of fetal sex would be lawful played a role in a Crown Prosecution Service decision not to prosecute two doctors caught in a newspaper sting, the director of public prosecutions has revealed.

Keir Starmer QC, was giving expanded reasons for his controversial decision not to prosecute Prabha Sivaraman and Palaniappan Rajmohan, who were recorded by undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph allegedly agreeing to abort female fetuses.

Starmer said that on the facts of the two cases it would be impossible to prove that the doctors had authorised the abortions on the ground of fetal sex alone. The …

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