LifeSiteNews 24 February 2015
Britain’s House of Commons rejected a bill aiming to ban sex-selective abortion on Monday in a vote of 292-201.
The lower chamber passed the bill at first reading on November 4, but yesterday lawmakers instead approved a measure calling for an inquiry into the prevalence of gender-based abortion in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.
Tory MP Fiona Bruce’s landmark Abortion (Sex-Selection) Bill sought to clarify “that nothing in section one of the Abortion Act 1967 allows a pregnancy to be terminated on the grounds of the sex of the unborn child.”
Bruce’s bill was strongly opposed by labor unions and some Labor Party politicians on the grounds that bill would “divide communities.”
A letter circulated to Labor MPs by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said that banning sex selective abortions might leave women “vulnerable to domestic abuse,” and that “the amendment does not attempt to address the root causes of deeply entrenched gender discrimination but rather has divided communities.”