It's a recommendation, not a law, and it has a very good aim at its heart: to avoid babies being aborted because of their gender. I wish Justine from Mumsnet had at least commented on that issue as well.
Also, Daily Mail readers should really start to learn the difference between the EU and the Council of Europe, they are not the same organisation.
I agree ciske. Saying that it is not appropriate in Britain is not true either. I know of several women who had late abortions (as in beyond 20wks) not for medical reasons but purely for the purpose of ridding themselves of a female baby. It happens.
The problem is that the law about late abortions is already flouted. If such a recommendation were to become law, then there would always be unscrupulous obstetricians who would provide the info anyway and then carry on with the late abortions.
Unfortunately, although I appreciate the usefulness of scans for medical purposes, this is another thing which has escaped out of Pandora's box.
if the law really does say that 'doctors should be told to withold information' then if you see it for yourself it's not against the law! Also, does that mean that ultrasonographers can tell you? as they are most often doing the scans anyway - ha ha. btw I can't be bothered to read the link, it would probably answer my question if i did
bit stupid of me I should have known that I just thought with you saying you knew people it was done through the right channels. Like you said though, people will always get around it. I recently watched a documentary based in india where they have back street scan clinics who will then arrange an abortion at a cost (usually for girls).
Consider. Recommending. In other words 'think about suggesting'.
I mean, I think it's a stupid idea that could never be implemented, not least because lots of congenital disabilities are related to a baby's sex, but it's not exactly a law that's about to be enacted.
My family weren't able to find out the sex of their babies (me, my cousins) at Luton hospital 15-20 years ago, because of this reason. The hospital had a blanket ban on informing parents of babies sex. So it's hardly breaking news!
I would consider it against my rights to have my doctor withhold information from me in this way. If the medical professional who is a complete stranger can see and knows, then I should know too (if I want to).
On a more serious note, the abortion problem is terrible and a shock to me that people do use gender as a reason for late abortion. Though I don't think this 'recommendation' is the answer.