Assessment of termination of pregnancy on grounds of the sex of the foetus: response to Serious Crime Act 2015

Document type
Other
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health. Sexual Health Team
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 August 2015
Subject(s)
Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

Download (563KB )

The Serious Crime Act 2015 contains a requirement that an assessment be carried out into evidence of gender abortions occurring in England, Wales and Scotland. This report responds to that requirement and sets out the actions and evidence that have been considered in undertaking the assessment. The assessment includes updated birth ratio analysis for 2009 to 2013.

The issue of gender abortions is of worldwide concern. The general consensus is that a male to female birth ratio of around 105 (that is 105 male births per 100 female) is normal. However, a number of factors can influence the sex of the child including maternal and paternal age, coital rates, number of children, and sex of previous children. Some experts consider that ratios above 107 cannot occur naturally, and a birth ratio of 107 has been used as the threshold in this assessment.

Related to Department of Health

Approaches to social care funding: social care funding options

An evaluation of proposed funding scheme for social care

Reducing hospital admissions by improving continuity of care in general practice.

This briefing observes that although continuity of care is an aspect of general practice valued by patients and GPs alike, it seems to be in decline in England. The authors note that a need exists for

Healthy lives for people in the UK: introducing the Health Foundation's healthy life strategy.

This report analyses influences on well-being and health such as education and employment, housing, and the extent to which community facilitates healthy habits and social connection. The authors note

Understanding analytical capability in health care: do we have more data than insight?

This report notes that data analysis is critical to a range of issues facing the health service in the UK, and that a skilled workforce that is able to manipulate, analyse and interpret data is essential

More items related to this publisher