Amendment to the Serious Crime Bill: the threat to pregnant women

On February 23rd, MPs are due to vote on an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill which seeks to make it illegal for women to have an abortion where the sex of her foetus is a factor in her decision. It has been suggested this is needed because women in certain communities are under pressure to terminate female pregnancies. However rather than focusing on the needs of a woman in that situation, and providing the support she needs to make the decision that is right for her, this bill is designed to restrict her choices. Rather than tackling the root cause of gender discrimination, this amendment seeks to place a criminal burden on women and the doctors who care for them. The amendment will also make it more difficult for women to end a pregnancy where there may be a sex-linked condition. The amendment is opposed by many women’s health organisations including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives.  For further information, please read this briefing from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

It is important that MPs understand the serious risks posed by this amendment to women’s health and wellbeing.

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