The government claimed it was already clear that sex selective abortion was “already illegal”. But Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, the author of the proposed amendment, said the law was being “interpreted in different ways”. However, her proposal was defeated by 292 to 201. A review of the extent of sex selective abortion was agreed to.
Some anti-life politicians expressed concern that the proposed amendment, if adopted, could be interpreted to “confer personhood on the foetus”. (With this, they unintendely admitted that the foetus, from which they withhold the enjoyment of human rights, is in fact a human being. “Personhood” in this context is a code-word for saying that there are human beings who should not be allowed to have human rights. Implicitly, human rights are “conferred” to some, not recognized for all.)