"Next week, MPs will have the chance to ‘clarify’ the law to definitively ban sex-selective abortions in the UK. I’m glad they are, you may think. But you would be wrong. In fact the amendment will put more stress on Asian women (who are seen as the primary culprits here) and doctors, while doing very little to help anyone.
For the record, I’m against gender-selection. It is usually a case where a woman has an abortion because she wants to have a boy instead of a girl. In fact I wrote a mini-book on how gender-selection has had a devastating impact on India. It is also a major problem in China, Pakistan and other Asian countries. But the claim that it is also a problem in the UK is flimsy.
Let’s take an example. Anita becomes pregnant and is overjoyed by the prospect. But her in-laws strongly hint that she better have a boy or she will be cursed and her life will be made hell at home. This isn’t unusual where sex-selection takes place: women are usually pressured by their husbands or extended families to have a boy, for various reasons.
If Anita goes to the doctor to check the gender of her baby and ask for an abortion, then under the new law two things could happen: she could be criminalised and put in prison. Furthermore, doctors may become unwilling to offer counselling or support over worries they could end up being falsely accused. Recently, in a rush to get an FGM conviction, a doctor was wrongly put on a “show trial” that then collapsed in court. This law will only drive more to have (potentially dangerous) abortions abroad."
Read article by Sunny Hundal from LabourList.