MPs have backed a call for the law to be tightened to ban abortions on the grounds of gender.
By 181 votes to one, they supported Fiona Bruce’s abortion (sex-selection) 10-minute rule bill motion. The Bruce bill has almost no chance of becoming law, but the vote shows that a future legislative move would attract significant parliamentary support Bruce, a Conservative MP, said:
Sex-selective abortions are happening in the UK and there is widespread confusion over the law. That is why this bill is needed … Successive health ministers and even the prime minister have been very clear. They state that abortion for reasons of gender alone is illegal. The prime minister has described the practice as simply appalling. But they are being ignored.