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Gender abortion cases in the UK

June 2015

babyA doctor who agreed to the gender abortion of a baby girl could be struck off by a panel being convened by the General Medical Council (GMC).

According to reports in the Telegraph, which revealed that possible female infanticide was being practised in the UK, Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan is set to face a ‘Fitness to practise’ panel. He admitted that an abortion he was offering was tantamount to female infanticide and is now set to face a public hearing, which could result in him being removed from the medical register.

A second doctor, Prabha Sivaraman, had been recorded by the undercover Telegraph reporter as telling a woman, ‘I don’t ask questions. If you want a termination, you want a termination’. However, the GMC dropped its investigation into Dr Sivaraman after carrying out inquiries into both doctors, following the Telegraph’s report in 2012.

Aisling Hubert

The recording found that the doctor asked: ‘Is that the reason?’, and said, ‘That’s not fair. It’s like female infanticide, isn’t it?’ So, when the pregnant woman asked if he could put down a different reason for the termination, the doctor was recorded as saying, ‘That’s right, yeah, because it’s not a good reason anytime. I’ll put too young for pregnancy, yeah?’According to the Telegraph, one woman who was 12 weeks pregnant had an appointment with Dr Rajmohan at the Calthorpe clinic in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Under cover, she explained that she wanted to terminate her pregnancy, because she had discovered she was having a girl, but she and her partner did not want a girl.

Both doctors have been banned from authorising or carrying out any abortions for the past three years while the GMC investigated their cases. The bans can only be lifted by a GMC panel, despite Miss Sivaraman’s case being dropped.  The GMC has referred Dr Rajmohan to a separate disciplinary panel which will decide whether his fitness to practise is ‘impaired’. He could be struck off the medical register if the panel rules against him.

However Aisling Hubert who attempted to bring a private prosecution against doctors who offered ‘gender abortions’ has been hit with a £25,000 legal bill. Aisling Hubert, assisted by the Christian Legal Centre, launched her prosecution in an attempt to see that justice was done. But Judge Martin Steiger QC refused to order the release and submission of additional video material already in the possession of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He also derailed her private prosecution by mounting a takeover of it and then dropping it. Following the CPS’s withdrawal, Judge Steiger awarded costs against Aisling. She has now been told to pay the legal costs of one of the doctors who offered a gender abortion.