Archbishop Peter Smith, in charge of life issues at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, spoke out against the decision of the British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to prosecute the two doctors who were ready to perform a sex-selective abortion. In response to the investigation by The Daily Telegraph, which uncovered that many clinics in the United Kingdom are ready to provide abortion to couples who prefer to have a baby boy instead of a baby girl or vice versa, Archbishop Smith said that “abortion is always an injustice to the child who is unwanted and sex selection through abortion is just one expression of this injustice”. In the past few months, The Telegraph uncovered that some clinics use the termination of pregnancy as a means of gender selection and provide it to patients who are often from Asian countries. The CPS opened an investigation but then decided not to prosecute the doctors involved because this would not be “in the public interest” although they had violated the law. “The law should be enforced”, the archbishop said. “In particular, an examination of conscience is needed with an honest debate on how our culture and society have to change if we want to protect the rights of unborn children”.
6 settembre 2013