Professor Wendy Savage: “Let mothers abort babies of the ‘wrong’ sex”. Doctors’ ethics boss is blasted by pro-life campaigners for ‘abhorrent’ views after she backs terminations based on gender alone

Our thanks to Peter for this. He writes:

The medical ethics specialist behind Diana Johnson’s 10 minute bill – Professor Wendy Savage – believes that women should be able to abort babies if the gender of the foetus isn’t to their liking.

The appropriately named Professor Savage is a pillar of the British medical establishment, and has personally carried out over 10,000 abortions. I suppose after the first 1,000 you get used to doing as you please with a foetus. Savage is an influential member of the BMA’s ethics committee. She bases her argument on the idea that “It’s her body and her foetus”.

Strange how it’s only the father’s child when there is any responsibility to be shouldered, isn’t it? In Professor Savage’s world, all the choices are the woman’s but the father must still bear responsibility for them.

Incidentally, Professor Savage believes that sex-selective abortion hardly ever happens in the UK. But I wonder what gender of foetus the women of this country will be aborting most frequently if sex-selective abortion becomes legal? Given that radical feminists like Professor Savage have spent decades teaching women that men are destructive and surplus to requirements, and women are kind and nurturing, which gender will be aborted more frequently, do you think?

I suppose in her world we should only be concerned about the negative effects of stereotyping on women and not men.

Our party’s positions on abortion and Foetal Alcohol Sydrome are on pp.5-8 of our last election manifesto.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • jb

    I cant get too worked up about this, after all if a woman wants an abortion because of the babies gender but cant do so because its illegal surely she will just come up with another “reason” instead. What will annoy me though is if women are criticised for aborting and they claim that they were forced to do it by their male partner. In fact of course it is men who have their babies aborted against their will.

  • Slowcoach

    Savage by name and savage by nature — and what a marvellous picture to go with the story too.

    If one takes as read the highly objectional nature of the proposal, there is nevertheless the element of unintended and indeed, unconsidered consequences, one of which is that scarcity brings value.

    One of the advantages of being a young woman in peace time is that they are in the happy position for them of buying in a buyers market.
    They can sit pretty while numerous men must approach and petition for her approval — or not in which case rejection mostly comes as standard, (for many apply but few are chosen!)

    Ironically, selective abortion of male babies would reverse this position, putting the power with them in a way only otherwise seen after a major war for those lucky enough to survive.

    Many a young man could have done with that if THEY had survived.

    Not approving you understand, just observing a way in which things would be so different…

    • Rob

      “Ironically, selective abortion of male babies would reverse this
      position, putting the power with them in a way only otherwise seen after
      a major war for those lucky enough to survive.”

      sorry disagree.

      it would lead to more single mothers by choice( using state funded IVF)

  • Rob

    strange how she thinks its acceptable to perform sex selective abortions, when we as a society condemn places such as India who have ( and still do this) selective abortion because the foetus is a girl.

    I wonder what the reaction would be if the number of sex selective abortions was primarily girls( watch how the feminists scream patriarchy).

    I can only agree with the procedure if there is a genetic disorder issue that is determined by gender( I believe there is one or two but I cannot name them).

    “The appropriately named Professor Savage is a pillar of the British
    medical establishment, and has personally carried out over 10,000
    abortions.”

    I reminded of documentary about a place called Hadamar which was a T1 euthanization center by the Nazi regime( a test run before the holocaust)

    when they had their 10,000th euthanization( or murder to civilized folks) , they held a celebration over the body, I wonder if professor did the same.

    Sex selective abortion on unnecessary grounds I believe would only possibly lead to a distortion in the male:female ratio of the country rather like china.