The British government vowed to investigate newspaper reports that doctors illegally approved abortions that were requested due to the sex of the unborn child.
Thursday's Daily Telegraph claimed that it had hidden camera footage which showed doctors at British clinics offering to falsify paperwork in order to allow women to have terminations based on gender.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said he was "extremely concerned" by the allegations.
"Sex selection is illegal and is morally wrong," he said. "I've asked my officials to investigate this as a matter of urgency."
Abortions allowed in limited circumstances
According to the Telegraph, undercover reporters accompanied pregnant woman to nine different clinics across the country.
Doctors at three out of the nine clinics agreed to arrange terminations even though the woman claimed she did not want the baby due to its sex, the paper claimed.
Abortions in Britain are allowed in limited circumstances, including when the pregnancy presents a serious mental or physical health risk to the mother and if there is a high chance the child would have severe disabilities.
(Sapa, February 2012)