Fiona Bruce's amendment to the Serious Crime Bill has been voted down by the Commons
An attempt to make the sex-selective abortions of baby girls an explicitly criminal offence has been thrown out by the House of Commons.
An amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, tabled by Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP for Congleton, was defeated by 291 votes to 201.
The move would have clarified the Government's interpretation of the 1967 Abortion Act that abortions on grounds of gender are illegal.
It was rejected after Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, and the Trades Union Congress wrote to Labour MPs asking them to vote against it.
On the day of the Report Stage debate, the Prime Minister, David Cameron also voiced his opposition to the amendment on the grounds that it could stop women being able to "avoid the certainty of genetic disease".
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