A 21-year-old woman, called Aisling Hubert, is bringing a private prosecution against two doctors whom the Daily Telegraph alleged had ordered gender-based abortions of female babies.
According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which is supporting the pro-life campaign group Abort67 volunteer, Ms Hubert has sought expert legal and medical opinion, the latter offering to give evidence in court.
Two years ago, in an undercover sting, the Daily Telegraph accompanied pregnant women to nine clinics in different parts of the country.
In two instances, doctors were recorded offering to arrange terminations, after being told the mother-to-be did not want to go ahead with the pregnancy because of the sex of the unborn child.
At the Pall Mall Medical Centre in Manchester, one doctor was filmed allegedly giving consent for a woman to have an abortion, purely on the grounds that the pre-born child was the wrong gender.
The second was at Birmingham’s Calthorpe Clinic, where another doctor allegedly offered to arrange an abortion for a woman who said she wanted to terminate her pregnancy because the baby was a girl. He officially documented that the reason for the abortion was that the woman was too young.
However, despite a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigation, it decided not to prosecute the doctors but refer the two men to the General Medical Council.
According to the CLC, the CPS claimed: ‘The discretion afforded to a doctor in assessing the risk to the mental or physical health of a patient wanting an abortion is wide’.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the CLC, said, ‘I find it extraordinary that it has taken a brave young woman such as Ms Hubert to come forward to protect girls from being aborted, merely because they are girls.
‘The Director of Public Prosecutions has refused to enforce the law and this sends the wrong message to the medical world. This case shines a spotlight on this grave injustice against women’.