MPs Reject Backbench Bid to Amend Abortion Laws

February 25, 2015

(BBC) – MPs have defeated a cross-party bid to clarify in law that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is illegal in the UK. Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, who spearheaded the move, said the law was being “interpreted in different ways”. But her proposal was defeated by 292 to 201. A review of the extent of sex selective abortion was agreed to. The government said it had been consistently clear that sex selective abortion was “already illegal”.