BBC, September 17, 2018
Amber Haque


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[...] Choosing an abortion due to sex is illegal in the UK, apart from some rare exemptions, but it is difficult to detect as women often cite other reasons for having the procedure.

In 2015, the government acknowledged it did not know how widespread testing for sex was. It said if NIPT became more popular, it would need to analyse the impact it was having on the gender ratio in ethnic minority communities.

Ms Bilkhu said it was extremely hard to measure.

"Not only do the government not understand there's an issue around sex-selection abortion, but also charities and statutory sectors aren't asking the questions," she said.

The Nuffield Council, which advises on ethical issues, recently held a consultation on NIPT testing. It believes the ability to determine sex reinforces pressure on women to have boys. [...]

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