UK Doctor Who Admitted to Offering to Arrange a Gender Based Termination Has Been Suspended For Three Months

A 2012 investigation by The Telegraph opened the doors to further inquiry of two UK doctors who faced a private prosecution on gender abortion charges. Under the 1967 Abortion Act, in the UK a pregnancy can only be terminated if two doctors agree that the physical or mental health of the mother or child is in danger, but both doctors must sign and certify that they formed their opinion in good faith. Recent concerns have been raised that the law does not explicitly state that gender selective abortions are illegal. To address this concern, a guidance was issued making it clear that gender-selective abortions are illegal. [1]

In the most recent case, Dr. Prabha Sivaraman and Dr. Palaniappan Rajmohan were summoned to Manchester and Birmingham courts to answer to allegations based on investigations of undercover reporters who accompanied pregnant women to clinics across the country. They filmed Dr. Sivaraman and Dr. Rajmohan agreeing to arrange terminations after the patient revealed that she did not want to continue the pregnancy because of the gender of her unborn child.

Investigation into Dr. Prabha Sivaraman’s conduct was dropped because she was recorded stating: “I don’t ask questions. If you want a termination, you want a termination.” The General Medical Council convened a panel to rule on Dr. Palaniappan Rajmohan’s fitness to practice medicine. The panel found that Dr. Rajmohan agreed to record a false reason to protect the woman who wanted to terminate her pregnancy because of the gender of her child. Instead of expressing this reason, he recorded her reason as “too young for pregnancy.” The panel deemed Dr. Rajmohan’s act of dishonesty as misconduct, and ordered his immediate suspension.

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10850072/Gender-selective-abortion-is-illegal-Health-Secretary-Jeremy-Hunt-to-announce.html

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