Gender based abortion could be legally justified

The most recent edition of Medical Ethics Today, which addresses the issue of sex selection abortions, advises doctors to consider the woman’s views about the effect the sex of the fetus could have on her existing children and her own situation.

“In some circumstances doctors may come to the conclusion that the effects are so severe as to provide legal and ethical justification for a termination,” it states, before warning that if the doctor does support a patient’s decision to abort in such cases that they must be prepared to justify the action if challenged.

Former AMA president and obstetrician Dr Andrew Pesce said Australian doctors regularly made decisions about whether they were comfortable performing terminations but it would take “extraordinary circumstances” to justify the procedure based on gender.

“Most people will probably be reasonably able to cope with the disappointment of having a child that