In an interview with the Daily Mail, Professor Wendy Savage, a member of the British Medical Association ethics committee, argued that sex-selection abortions are not happening in Britain. A retired OB-GYN and abortion practitioner, Savage said she performed about 10,000 abortions during her career and only once was asked to abort an unborn child because of its sex.
But Savage’s claims about rarity basically are meaningless, given that she believes women should be allowed to abort an unborn child because of his or her sex – for any reason at any point in the pregnancy. To Savage, a sex-selection abortion is “not gender discrimination” because only “living people” can be discriminated against.
The Mail reports Savage is urging the government to get rid of the law that prohibits sex-selection abortions.
“If a woman does not want to have a foetus who is one sex or the other, forcing her [to go through with the pregnancy] is not going to be good for the eventual child, and it’s not going to be good for [the mother’s] mental health,” she said.Though sex-selection abortions are illegal, there is evidence that they may be happening anyway. A 2014 study found that there were about 4,700 fewer girls in Britain than what statistics would suggest – leading many to speculate that they may have been aborted, according to the report. In 2013, another British government report also found signs that unborn girls are being targeted for sex-selection abortions.
Further, in 2012, an undercover investigation by the London Telegraph exposed several British abortion doctors who were willing to help facilitate illegal sex-selection abortions.