Parents can find out sex of child at seven weeks online
THERESE Hesketh, a professor of Global Health at the UCL Institute of Global Health, says closing down online companies that offer blood tests to discover the sex of their unborn child would be a help to prevent gender-based abortions.
The Daily Telegraph has carried out an investigation into sex-selection abortions after concerns were raised that the procedures were becoming increasingly common for cultural and social reasons.
Acting on specific information, undercover reporters accompanied pregnant women to nine clinics in different parts of Britain.
In three instances doctors were recorded offering to arrange terminations after being told the mother-to-be did not want to go ahead with the pregnancy because of the sex of the unborn child.
Professor Hesketh said that new technologies has meant that it is now possible for women or couples to find out the sex of a child relatively early in pregnancy.
"At the moment, one can go on the internet to get a blood test to find out the sex of child.
"If that is made illegal that would be a big step forward and perhaps this publicity will actually close down these companies, which are currently offering women the knowledge of the sex of their foetus as early as seven weeks. That's a big, big change in this area."