Updated: Dec 1, 2019
To whom may concern,
Thank you for contacting me about abortion.
Sex selection is not one of the lawful grounds for termination of pregnancy. It is illegal for a practitioner to carry out an abortion for that reason alone, unless the certifying practitioners consider that an abortion was justified in relation to at least one of the grounds in the Abortion Act 1967 such as a gender-linked inherited medical condition. Anyone with evidence that sex selective abortion is occurring should report it to the police.
While pregnancy and maternity discrimination is illegal, we know that some new mothers can still experience unacceptable attitudes on their return to work which can force them out of their jobs. We are taking action to tackle this and, as set out in our manifesto, are reforming redundancy law to ensure that women are protected for a longer period after returning from maternity leave.
Dr Shengke Zhi
PPC for Manchester Withington