Foetuses are being aborted for minor and treatable imperfections such as cleft lip and palate or club foot every year in the UK.
New research suggests that dozens of abortions are carried out but the reasons are not being officially recorded.
Health bosses have admitted there may be ‘discrepancies’ in their records after European monitoring group Eurocat found the number of abortions for minor abnormalities could be up to three times as high as official statistics show.
According to Eurocat, 157 foetuses were aborted in England and Wales between 2006 and 2010 for cleft lip and palate.
However, the Sunday Times reported that just 14 of those were recorded as such by the Department of Health.