A London based medical expert, Wendy Savage is moving a motion that would give pregnant mothers the right to abort their babies for being the wrong sex.
Speaking during an intensive interview with The Mail, Professor Wendy Savage who is a leading ethics expert at the British Medical Association called for the law to allow women terminate their unborn children if they don’t fit their desired sex.
Savage caused controversy by saying the law banning such act should be scrapped and women should be allowed to abort any baby at any stage – even when the fetus is developed enough to survive outside the womb.
“If a woman does not want to have a fetus who is one sex or the other, forcing her [to go through with the pregnancy] is not going to be good for the eventual child, and it’s not going to be good for [the mother’s] mental health,” she said.
She also called for abortion pills to be made available to women online, without them needing to see a doctor or nurse.
The expert based her claims on the growing concern in Britain that a larger number of British women are seeking abortions simply because they do not want female babies. A 2014 study found that Britain had up to 4 700 fewer girls than would be statistically expected.
This, according to report, leads to hospitals refusing to tell their patients the sex of their babies.
To this, Wendy Savage said: “It’s her body and her foetus, so she should have that information… If a woman does not want to have a foetus who is one sex or the other, forcing her [to go through with the pregnancy] is not going to be good for the eventual child, and it’s not going to be good for [the mother’s] mental health.”
Pro-life campaigners immediately objected to this positions saying her demands were “utterly abhorrent”.
Conservative MP Mark Field also condemned Savage’s comments, saying the suggestion by the expert is unacceptable especially from a highly respected personality in the country.
“To have someone like Wendy Savage with her extreme views at the heart of the BMA is a very worrying sign. The majority of people in this country, even those who support abortion, think sex-selective abortion is a step too far.”
“Effectively we have abortion on demand nowadays, and all the safeguards we are supposed to have are being ridden roughshod over,” he added.
Sex-selective abortion is globally thought to have led to millions of girls being aborted and both the United Nations and the World Health Organisation have campaigned for the act to be largely to stamped out.
A UN report recently stated that around 117 million women are ‘missing’ from the expected population in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Nonetheless, Prof Savage, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist who performed 10 000 terminations, believes it is a “myth” that sex selective abortions happen in Britain or that women would choose to undergo a “sex-selection” abortion even if permitted to do so.
She said she had only been asked for such a termination once in her 35-year career – and pointed to a 2013 British government study that found no statistically valid evidence they were taking place.
She then went on to defend her comment saying the unborn child is not really human yet.
“The foetus is a potential human life at that stage [in the womb]; it is not an actual human life… I think you’ve got to concentrate on the [rights of the] woman,” She said.