Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Is it the CPS's job to interpret the law?

You will know by now that doctors who were secretly filmed in a Telegraph investigation agreeing to an abortion which the mother said she wanted because the baby was a girl are not to be prosecuted. (Abortions on the basis of the sex of the baby are illegal in Britain.)

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was sufficient evidence for a prosecution, but that a prosecution was "not in the public interest." The excuses they made for not prosecuting were, frankly, shameful.

According to Fraser Nelson, sources close to the investigation say the CPS regarded the issue as "sensitive" and "political." He says:
In deciding not to prosecute the doctors exposed by the Daily Telegraph, part of the CPS's argument was that doctors are given "wide discretion" to "interpret" the law. This is a polite way of saying that the law is almost entirely ignored. In theory the mother's health should be at risk before the abortion is authorised. In practice, Britain offers abortion on demand.
The  Christian Legal Centre is considering asking for a judicial review.

If you wish to register your protest - and widespread protest is important - write to the Attorney General at