On October 7th, it was announced that an Australian doctor would be investigated for REFUSING to abort a baby based on the baby’s gender. Dr. Mark Hobart has been under investigation for months after refusing parents’ request to abort their daughter. The couple reportedly sought an abortion because they had discovered that they were pregnant with a girl.
Despite the investigation, Dr. Hobart defended his decision. “The pregnancy was well advanced, and I refused to refer the patient because there was no medical reason to do it.” [The baby was 19 weeks]
Photo of a 19-week baby
He has to defend NOT performing a late-term abortion because the parents don’t want a girl!!!
UK doctors will now be able to perform abortions for sex-selection. Guidance issued by The British Medical Association (BMA) advised doctors that “there may be circumstances, in which termination of pregnancy on grounds of fetal sex would be lawful”. The Office of Public Prosecutions, as a result of this ‘guidance’ does not see it in anyone’s interests to prosecute sex-selection aborters.
The guidance being provided to the Office of Public Prosecutions in a nutshell:
“The pregnant woman’s views about the effect of the sex of the fetus on her situation and on her existing children should nevertheless be carefully considered.”
“In some circumstances doctors may come to the conclusion that the effects are so severe as to provide legal and ethical justification for a termination,” concludes the guidance.
The decision of the prosecutor was based on this guidance.
He said: “The law does not, in terms, expressly prohibit gender-specific abortions; rather it prohibits any abortion carried out without two medical practitioners having formed a view, in good faith, that the health risks of continuing with a pregnancy outweigh those of termination.”
It is in the interest of the mother’s mental health?!?
At least one Director of Planned Parenthood in Canada supports abortion for sex-selection.
Angie Murie, executive director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region in Canada, was asked about sex-selection abortions. She said:
“I wrestle with gender-based abortion more than any other reason [for having an abortion]…From a macro perspective, I don’t think it is a good idea for us to be eliminating women. But if you look at it at the individual level, which is what we do, I don’t have any right to say that one person’s reason is better or worse than another’s.”
Currently in the United States, the trend in most states is to not allow race-selective or sex-selective abortions. It is being done in Asian communities in the US and it is not known how much it extends beyond these communities.
In many states, abortions can be conducted after five months when the baby’s sex is determined so it is hard to know how many people actually have abortions for that reason. At least, for now, we don’t mandate doctors perform these abortions or refer them for abortions or pretend having a baby of a particular gender is harmful to a mother’s health.
That will change. We are right behind the Brits.