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04th Nov 2015

Doctor Suspended For Three Months After Agreeing To Terminate A Pregnancy On Female Gender Basis

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A doctor has been suspended for three months from The General Medical Council, after agreeing to offer a termination based on “female infanticide”.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service ruled that Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan had lied about the reasons for terminating the pregnancy – after an investigation by The Telegraph found Rajmohan offering to arrange an abortion for a woman who said she wanted the procedure after finding out the sex of her baby.

The investigation carried out by the UK newspaper sent undercover reporters with pregnant women to nine clinics in the UK. In two cases, doctors were filmed offering to arrange terminations based on sex-selective abortions.

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According to The Telegraph, the woman who was 12 weeks pregnant, had an appointment with Dr Rajmohan at a clinic in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

When pressed for her reason to terminate her pregnancy, she explained herself and her partner “don’t want a girl”.

She added:

“That’s not fair. It’s like female infanticide isn’t it?”

Reportedly, Dr. Rajmohan replied:

“That’s right, yeah, because it’s not a good reason anytime. I’ll put too young for pregnancy, yeah?”

The hearing, led by Chair Paul Curtis, concluded:

“Despite you apparently believing that the request for a termination of pregnancy was being based on the gender of the foetus, you immediately volunteered to Ms A the alternative reason ‘too young for pregnancy’ and sought her agreement to this reason.

“That false reason was so far away from what you knew to be true, that the panel concluded you must have realised at the time that your actions would be considered as dishonest by the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest members of the medical profession.”

It was ruled that the doctor had acted dishonestly. He has since been suspended from The General Medical Council for three months.

Lead Image: The Telegraph