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Forcing pregnant women who do not want a child of a particular sex to give birth could harm both the baby and the mother’s mental health, a leading doctors’ union member has said.

Professor Wendy Savage, a voting member of the British Medical Association Council, also said women should be able to terminate a pregnancy at any stage.

The comments by Prof Savage, a women’s rights campaigner and retired obstetrician and gynaecologist, come after a proposal to decriminalise terminations passed the first hurdle in the House of Commons last week.

Prof Savage said sex-selective abortions were a “myth” and hit out at the NHS hospitals which refused to disclose an unborn baby’s sex.

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