I'm horrified by this decision on abortion prosecution
The recent decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, not to prosecute the doctors willing to carry out abortions on women who did not wish to give birth to female babies is quite outrageous.
The law in place for over 40 years does not allow, and never has permitted, abortions to be carried out purely because the gender of the unborn child was other than the one the mother to be wished for. To claim as Starmer does to prosecute the doctors was not in the public interest is the usual one trotted out by the Crown Prosecution Service when the too difficult light comes on.
If one thinks about the relevant law, at the time it was enacted in the late 1960s, it was not generally possible to tell the sex of an unborn child in any case. In the same week that this issue recently came to light Keir Starmer appeared on Newsnight on BBC 2 in a discussion about female circumcision. This brutal and disgusting practice is widely carried out in this country mainly by totally unqualified people, mostly women, upon female children from the age of 21 months upwards. It is largely confined to members of the African and Asian communities and some girls from this country are taken abroad for the mutilation to take place. Whilst Starmer acknowledged that the practice was widespread amongst ethnic communities he said that obtaining evidence was too difficult due the lack of co-operation by the parties involved and this was the reason no prosecutions had taken place in this country.
The implication being that unless perpetrators of crime co-operate with the authorities then nothing can be done. With that attitude it is a wonder that anybody guilty of serious crime is ever prosecuted.
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I am a retired Detective Sergeant from a county police force, in this capacity I dealt with a number of cases of child abuse over many years and also many cases of GBH and unlawful wounding. So here we have a situation where a young female is held down by force and without anaesthetic an unqualified person proceeds to cut that child. Now perhaps Mr Starmer could tell me why such a brutal assault upon a helpless child using a knife or scalpel or other bladed instrument does not amount to an offence of Unlawful Wounding under Section 18 of The Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Following the recent and ongoing publicity about child abuse how is this appalling practice allowed to continue. After Starmer's appearance on Newsnight I was so appalled by apparent lack of concern on his part and his complacency about the abortion issue and the female circumcision matter that with some difficulty I managed to speak with John Cameron who is head of child protection at the NSPCC. He told me that the society was aware of the problem and that he had recently been in conversation with Keir Starmer about the situation. As I said before, it sounds to me that the too difficult light is on again.