In our election manifesto we make a number of proposals with respect to abortion. One of the reasons for proposing a reduction in the maximum term for elective abortions from 24 weeks to 13 weeks (other than on the grounds of reducing the risk to the physical health of mothers) is that the gender of foetuses is not clear at 13 weeks. Elective abortions being carried out after 13 weeks to end the lives of foetuses on gender grounds would become illegal. This story concerns an American woman’s decision to have an elective abortion in her fifth month of pregnancy solely because the foetus was male. Such an action would be perfectly legal in the UK.