Termination of pregnancy and wishes and feelings in the Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 26th, 2024 in abortion, Court of Protection, families, hospitals, mental health, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The decision of the Court of Protection in Rotherham and Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and NR [2024] EWCOP 17 is the latest in a line of cases where the Court has been asked to determine whether a termination of pregnancy is in a woman’s best interests. Any case about a termination engages the pregnant woman’s Article 8 rights. But where the woman also lacks capacity to decide for herself whether to have a termination, there must be a particularly careful analysis to ensure that her rights are respected. While previous decisions have frequently accorded weight to the wishes and feelings of the pregnant woman at the heart of the case, Mr Justice Hayden’s decision goes further in handing the decision over to the pregnant woman herself.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th April 2024

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