|Dr. Vincent Argent says selective abortion is common|
A former medical director of Britain’s largest abortion provider said it was “well known” that women were terminating pregnancies because of the gender of the child, and that he had been asked by women to arrange the procedure for this reason.
Dr. Vincent Argent, who is now in practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist, said he had “no doubt” that women were terminating pregnancies because of the sex of the baby and that he believed the practice was “fairly widespread” in Britain.
This week the Daily Telegraph disclosed that many doctors are agreeing to requests from women seeking illegal abortions on the basis of the gender of the fetus.
Argent said there were “an awful lot of covert abortions for sex selection going on” where women would have a scan or blood test to find out the sex, then ask for a termination without telling the doctor the real reason.
However, he said there were also “ones where the patient actually says that it is the reason she wants the termination of the pregnancy.” He said he had been asked to arrange abortions for this reason but had told the patients it was unethical and refused. But he said he believed some colleagues had arranged terminations relating to the sex of the fetus and they felt it was reasonable to do so.