UK NRI doctor in court for gender selective abortions

Dr Prabha Sivaraman, 46, has appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court, accused under the Offences Against the Person Act of planning an abortion based on the sex of an unborn baby, the first of its kind case ever to come to court in Britain. The case is part of a rare private prosecution brought by a pro-life campaigner and supported by the Christian Legal Centre after the Crown Prosecution Service decided against charging Sivaraman and another physician. The offence relates to an occasion in 2012, when Sivaraman is alleged to have offered an abortion to a woman who said she wanted it based on the baby's gender. Abortion is legal in mainland Britain under the Abortion Act that permits terminations in certain cases especially when doctors agree that continuing the pregnancy would be harmful to the woman.