Baby Sex Selection Banned in the UK
The United Kingdom will ban baby sex selection under a sweeping set of changes to health care regulation.
Sex selection of babies for non-medical reasons is set to be outlawed in the UK under Government plans for a shake-up of embryology regulation. Health Minister Caroline Flint told MPs she was minded to introduce a “clear and specific ban” on the use of new techniques to choose one gender of baby. Allowing parents to pick sex for reasons such as “balancing” the make-up of their family could be the start of a “slippery slope” to designer babies, she warned. But the ban would not prevent British people going abroad where such practices were legal, she accepted.
I’m honestly not sure how this would be enforced. Abortion on demand is a reality in the UK. Women can kill their babies early in pregnancy just for the hell of it. But they can’t do it because they wanted a girl? Hmm.
Doctor: Ultrasound shows that you’ve got a healthy boy!
Patient: Crap! I wanted a girl. Kill it.
Doctor: Sorry, new regulations prevent me from killing your baby for sex selection reasons.
Patient: Uh, I think having a baby at present would inconvenience my lifestyle.
Doctor: One abortion, coming up!
Perhaps I’m missing something here . . . .
Note: Technically, a second doctor would have to agree, under terms of the Abortion Act of 1967, that “the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated” or that “the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of any existing child(ren) of the family of the pregnant woman.” This, however, is mere technicality given that these conditions always obtain.