'Don't play god' The Sun protested last week as it quoted campaigners warning that abortions 'will soar' if parents are allowed to use a 'revolutionary' home test that can reveal the sex of their baby at six weeks.

'Don't play god' The Sun protested last week as it quoted campaigners warning that abortions 'will soar' if parents are allowed to use a 'revolutionary' home test that can reveal the sex of their baby at six weeks.

The paper told its readers of fears that the£189 kit which can reveal an unborn. baby's sex at six weeks will 'create a massive leap in abortions if would-be parents are. not having the gender they want'.

Whether the use of such tests will lead to more abortions being carried out is subject to debate as London's Evening Standard told readers that 'one in four GPs say no to requests for abortion'.

It quoted a survey carried out by doctors' newspaper Pulse which found that nearly one in five GPs do not believe abortion should be legal. According to the survey 19 per cent of the 309 GPs surveyed said they did not believe abortion should be legal and 24 per cent said they would not sign abortion referral forms.

The Guardian quoted Newcastle University's Robbie Foy who said: 'We must provide reliable, secure and non-judgemental care'. Meanwhile the Daily Mail said that 'opposition to abortions is growing rapidly among GPs'. Quoting the survey's findings, 'more than half' of GPs surveyed said 'the 24-week limit should be reduced because medical advances mean babies born earlier than that can survive'.

The Daily Telegraph quoted a DoH spokesman who said: 'If GPs feel their beliefs might affect the treatment, this must be explained to the patient who should be told of their right to see another doctor.'