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English doctor faces charges for sex-selection abortion

January 26, 2015

A doctor in Birmingham, England, will face criminal charges for offering to perform a sex-selection abortion.

On January 26 a Birmingham court ordered Dr. Palaniappan Rajmohan to answer the charge, brought in a rare private prosecution. A young woman, Aisling Hubert, filed the criminal complaint after government prosecutors announced that they would not pursue the case.

Dr. Rajmohan was the subject of an investigative report by the Daily Telegraph in 2012. He was filmed offering to perform an abortion after determining that the unborn child was female.

The Birmingham case was brought under an 1861 law against abortion. An effort to promote more explicit legislation against sex-selection abortion has stalled in Parliament; the government has declined to support the measure despite widespread public approval.

 
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