Do Not Resuscitate notices: Patients’ rights under Article 8 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has declared that the failure of a hospital to consult a patient in their decision to insert a Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Notice in her notes was unlawful and in breach of her right to have her physical integrity and autonomy protected under Article 8.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th June 2014

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Midwives can take leading role in abortions – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 2nd, 2014 in abortion, midwives, news by sally

‘New guidelines, attacked by MPs and campaigners, clarify that nurses and midwives can ‘administer abortion drugs’ if doctors remain ‘in charge throughout”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd June 2014

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Gender-selective abortion is illegal, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to announce – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in abortion, gender, news by sally

‘Ministers to issue new guidance making clear that sex-selective abortion and pre-signing abortion forms is illegal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2014

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Girl, 13, can make her own decision about termination, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2014 in abortion, news, young persons by sally

‘A High Court judge has ruled that a 13-year-old girl is capable of making her own decision about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2014

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Do we need a root-and-branch review of the Abortion Act? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 6th, 2014 in abortion, doctors, legislation, news by tracey

‘In a thoughtful piece in the Guardian, MP Sarah Wollaston calls for a review of the Abortion Act. She focuses on the decision by the General Medical Council (GMC) not to pursue Fitness to Practice proceedings against 67 doctors who had pre-signed, without assessing the women concerned, the forms used to authorise abortion. She concludes: “… it makes no sense to prolong outdated and paternalistic attitudes that only doctors can make judgments about whether the grounds for the Abortion Act are satisfied. It makes even less sense to leave the situation as it is now with doubts about the legal obligation for a doctor to have seen the woman to whom form HSA1 refers; clear guidance must be issued as to whether doctors may sign based on evidence from clinical nurse specialists. A change to allow clinicians other than doctors to certify directly would, however, require an amendment to the Abortion Act.
In my view, the act is no longer fit for purpose. This would be a good time for a wider review of the ethical arguments and public attitudes, and to establish a legal framework fit for the 21st century.” ‘

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 2nd May 2014

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Pre-signing abortion forms is illegal, General Medical Council admits – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 6th, 2014 in abortion, consent, crime, doctors, documents, illegality, news by tracey

‘More than 60 doctors who pre-signed abortion forms without knowing anything about the women concerned did break the law, the head of the General Medical Council admitted last night as pressure grew on police to investigate.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2014

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Illegal abortion doctors face no action – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in abortion, doctors, news, prosecutions, public interest by sally

‘Doctors who illegally signed dozens of abortion consent forms will not be disciplined, as MPs say this is evidence of the UK’s ‘abortion on demand’ culture.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd April 2014

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Abortion provider BPAS fined £200,000 for data breach – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2014 in abortion, data protection, fines, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘An abortion provider has been fined £200,000 for a data breach that revealed almost 10,000 people’s details to a hacker.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2014

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Abortion counselling – why statutory regulation is needed – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 7th, 2014 in abortion, doctors, news by tracey

‘Abortion is an emotive subject, regardless of political persuasion. It is one of the few issues that genuinely has the ability to polarise opinion, with neither side likely to be persuaded to the other’s point of view.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th March 2014

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Abortion on grounds of gender: the DPP was right – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 16th, 2013 in abortion, doctors, gender, news, prosecutions by sally

“There has been a recent storm over the DPP’s decision not to prosecute two doctors in relation to their referral of two women for abortion. The cases were widely represented as cases of abortion on grounds of gender. They came to light in the course of an undercover investigation by the Telegraph of practice in English abortion clinics.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 15th October 2013

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Sex-selective abortion allegations unprovable, says top prosecutor – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2013 in abortion, doctors, gender, news, prosecutions by sally

“It would be impossible to prove that two doctors authorised abortions solely on the basis of the baby’s gender, the director of public prosecutions has said in an explanation of why charges were not brought against them.”

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The Guardian, 7th October 2013

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Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions on abortion related cases – Crown Prosecution Service

“In early 2012, the Daily Telegraph carried out an undercover investigation at various abortion clinics in England. As a result, a police investigation was conducted and, in due course, the police asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for advice about possible criminal charges. This note relates to the decision to take no further action in relation to two doctors: Dr S and Dr R.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 7th October 2013

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Dominic Grieve under pressure to explain CPS decision not to prosecute over gender selection abortion scandal – Daily Telegraph

“Britain’s top law officer is to come under pressure in the House of Commons this week to say why the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute over the gender selection abortion scandal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th October 2013

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Women are legally free to abort a baby because of its sex, says abortion charity head – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 18th, 2013 in abortion, charities, Crown Prosecution Service, doctors, equality, gender, news, prosecutions by sally

“The chief executive of Britain’s biggest abortion charity has said women are legally free to arrange an abortion because they are unhappy with the sex of their unborn baby.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2013

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Gender abortion decision ‘unconstitutional’ say MPs – Daily Telegraph

“An alliance of 50 MPs on Saturday accuses the Crown Prosecution Service of an ‘unconstitutional’ encroachment on the role of Parliament by refusing to bring charges against doctors linked to illegal abortions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2013

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Gender abortions: CPS accused of double standards after putting pro-life campaigners on trial – Daily Telegraph

“The Crown Prosecution Service has been accused of ‘double standards’ over abortion laws as campaign groups detailed how it brought criminal charges against a string of pro-life protesters yet refused to prosecute doctors over illegal practices.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2013

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CPS statement on abortion related case – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC said: ‘This was a very difficult and finely balanced decision. It was based on the individual facts of the case; it is not a policy decision. But in light of concerns raised today, I have decided that it would be sensible to put into the public domain the case specific reasons for not prosecuting in much greater detail. Clearly this will involve careful consideration of how much information can be put into the public domain by way of explanation, but my intention is for a fuller statement to made by the CPS in due course. In the mean time, I understand that the Health Secretary has written to the Attorney General asking for clarification and I am happy to assist him in any way.’ ”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th September 2013

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Hunt concerned by lack of prosecutions in gender abortion case – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2013 in abortion, Crown Prosecution Service, gender, news, prosecutions, public interest by sally

“The CPS’s decision not to prosecute two doctors who have been accused of offering to arrange abortions based on gender is ‘concerning’, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.”

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BBC News, 5th Sepetember 2013

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Appeal court cuts jail term for woman who aborted baby at 40 weeks – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2013 in abortion, appeals, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A woman jailed for eight years after aborting her unborn baby within a week of her due date has had her sentence reduced to three and a half years.”

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The Guardian, 12th June 2013

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Bipolar patient has capacity to decide to terminate pregnancy – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 28th, 2013 in abortion, Court of Protection, mental health, news by sally

“The patient in this case was a 37 year old highly intelligent graduate who worked in IT. For the past 8 years she presented with symptoms which were diagnosed as those of bi-polar disorder. She had been detained under compulsory or similar powers at various times in Italy, in France and here in England.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th May 2013

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