Sunday 19 November 2017

Christians may take action over gender abortions

Claire Newell, Holly Watt and Ben Bryant London

TWO Christian groups are considering a private prosecution after Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided not to charge two doctors who agreed to arrange abortions of baby girls purely because of their gender.

The Christian Legal Centre, which provides legal advice to its supporters, said it was preparing for a private prosecution against two doctors who were exposed in an undercover investigation by the 'Daily Telegraph'. Christian Concern, a campaign group, is supporting the action.

Andrea Williams, the chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said she was waiting for Keir Starmer, the outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions, to make a further statement before deciding how to proceed.

"We are preparing for a private prosecution or judicial review, but we may do both," said Ms Williams. "We will not let the matter go."

Terminating a pregnancy because of the sex of a foetus is illegal in the UK.

Last week the CPS said it was not in the "public interest" to charge two doctors for agreeing to arrange abortions because of the sex of the foetus, even though there was a "realistic prospect of conviction". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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