South Yorkshire doctor faces gender abortion charges

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A South Yorkshire doctor accused of planning an abortion based on the sex of the unborn baby is due to appear in court next month.

The Christian Legal Centre believes the case against Dr Prabha Sivaraman and a second doctor in Birmingham is the first of its kind to be brought before a court in the UK.

According to the campaign group, Dr Sivaraman faces a charge of conspiracy to procure an unlawful abortion having been caught offering an abortion on the grounds of gender during an undercover investigation by the Telegraph newspaper in 2012. She was working at a clinic in Manchester at the time of the accusation.

The Crown Prosecution Service did not proceed with the case following a police investigation but last month pro-life campaigner Aisling Hubert, 21, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, launched a private prosecution against Dr Sivaraman and the second doctor.

Dr Sivaraman has been banned from carrying out or authorising abortions since March 9, 2012 and has been ordered to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court in December.

Miss Hubert said: “Gender-abortion is a horrible practice. I took this dramatic step because those who should have done so were effectively turning a blind eye. Again we have seen the establishment stand silent in the face of the abortion industry, hoping that the horrors will be swept under the carpet and the problems go away.”

MPs last week backed a Bill confirming that ‘gender-abortion’ is illegal.