Read about the person battling doctors who offer abortions if the baby is a girl

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Does pro-choice extend to terminating the pregnancy if it is a girl?

A Christian pro-life campaigner has been landed with a £47,000 [approx $100,000] legal bill after her attempt to prosecute two doctors who allegedly offered sex-selective abortions was derailed by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Aisling Hubert, who could face jail if she cannot pay, launched a private prosecution against the doctors two years ago after they were secretly filmed agreeing to arrange terminations of female foetuses for a 2012 undercover investigation.

She acted after the CPS decided not to prosecute because, despite there being ‘just sufficient’ evidence to gain a conviction, it said a trial would not be in the public interest.

What “public” interest did the UK’s “Crown law” have in mind there?   Clearly not those of Christians and secular Caucasians. 

But Ms Hubert accused the CPS of being ‘morally wrong’ and leaving the ‘door wide open’ to sex-selective abortions.

Just as the doctors were heading for trial at Manchester Crown Court, however, the CPS dramatically took over her case and immediately dropped it.

The Crown Court judge then awarded the doctors’ legal costs against her, saying her case was ‘unnecessary’, and her efforts to overturn his decision in the High Court failed.

 

Now Ms Hubert has been visited by bailiffs at her family home in Hove, East Sussex, and could face prison if she cannot pay the bill at a court hearing in September.

The Christian Legal Centre, which provided Ms Hubert with legal support, said the costs were ‘disproportionate and punitive’.

Pro-life Labour MP Robert Flello said the CPS should have taken on all the legal expenses once it had taken over her case.

The CPS said the costs were a matter for the judge.

Ms Hubert’s financial battle aside, someone else should bring another public prosecution, if only to test the idea that someone is powerful enough to abuse the powers of the CPS twice to protect some very powerful interests.

In the scuffle, the focus on the original issue, should a woman’s choice include termination of healthy babies purely based on gender, has become totally lost.

 

Daily Mail


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