Illegal abortion trial collapses as jury discharged for legal reasons – The Independent

Posted May 21st, 2024 in abortion, juries, news, poisoning, trials by sally

‘The jury in the trial of a teenager charged with arranging her own illegal abortion has been discharged for legal reasons.’

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The Independent, 20th May 2024

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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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MPs propose decriminalising abortion up to 24 weeks – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2024 in abortion, bills, criminal justice, human rights, news, women by tracey

‘A cross-party group of MPs is proposing to make abortion access a human right in England and Wales, putting forward legislation that would decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks and introduce protections against access being stripped back.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2024

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Court of Protection declares lawfulness of care plan setting out arrangements for termination of woman’s pregnancy – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge sitting in the Court of Protection has declared that a care plan setting out the arrangements for the termination of a woman’s pregnancy was lawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th March 2024

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Top Cases of 2023: the good, the bad and the legally complicated – UK Human Rights Blog

‘As the dust settles on another year, it is (just about still) time to look back over the year gone to review some of the most dramatic, legally interesting or impactful cases of the year gone by. As ever, this is only a selection of the top cases of the year, but as a whole they reveal yet another year in which the courts have been drawn into the centre of the most important social and political debates of the society in which they find themselves.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2024

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UK medics told not to report illegal abortions to police – The Guardian

‘Medical staff in the UK should not report women to the police if they believe their patients may have illegally ended their own pregnancy, a professional body has said. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has said it is never in the public interest to report women who have abortions to law enforcement agencies, according to the BBC.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2024

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Ministers accused of watering down rules around abortion clinic buffer zones – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2024 in abortion, government departments, human rights, news, public order by sally

‘Ministers have been accused of watering down guidance around new buffer zones outside abortion clinics in England and Wales, after it emerged campaigners could still be allowed to conduct silent prayers and approach women attending clinics to discuss the issue.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2024

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Eaglescliffe woman found not guilty of ‘home abortion’ – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2024 in abortion, Crown Prosecution Service, news, pregnancy, prosecutions by sally

‘A woman charged with carrying out an illegal abortion on herself has been found not guilty on the eve of her trial after the prosecution dropped the case due to “evidential difficulties”.’

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BBC News, 9th January 2024

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Termination, will and preferences – another difficult dilemma for the Court of Protection – Mental Capacity Law and Policy

Posted October 26th, 2023 in abortion, consent, Court of Protection, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The very difficult case of Re H (An Adult; Termination) [2023] EWCOP 183[1] stands out for the careful attempt by the judge – John McKendrick KC (sitting as a Tier 3 judge) to comply with (in CRPD language) the will and preferences of a woman with a mental disorder undergoing a profound crisis. The questions he had to answer were whether the woman, H, had capacity to make the decision to consent to terminate her pregnancy,[2] and, if she lacked that capacity, whether a termination was in her best interests; and, if a termination were to be in her best interests, whether this should be carried out by a medical procedure (i.e. the administration of drugs) or a surgical procedure.’

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Mental Capacity Law and Policy, 25th October 2023

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Women still being harassed at abortion clinics despite buffer zone law – The Guardain

Posted October 19th, 2023 in abortion, demonstrations, government departments, harassment, news by sally

‘Women using abortion clinics are still being harassed despite MPs voting a year ago to create buffer zones to stop protesters intimidating them, medical and abortion groups say.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2023

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Jailing women for abortion ‘unlikely to be just’ – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2023 in abortion, imprisonment, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A senior court has said jailing women for abortion-related crimes was “unlikely” to be a “just outcome” after a mother’s sentence was reduced.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2023

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Pregnant girl, 11, who was raped twice should have a termination, judge rules – The Independent

Posted October 12th, 2023 in abortion, children, forensic science, human tissue, news, pregnancy, rape by sally

‘A pregnant 11-year-old girl who has twice been raped by teenage boys should have a termination, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 11th October 2023

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The Disability Ground in Abortion Law, and the Negative ‘Message’ it is Sending: R (Crowter) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted September 21st, 2023 in abortion, disabled persons, human rights, news by sally

‘A recent decision of the Court of Appeal involved a very interesting legal challenge based on an alleged negative “message” in the law. It raises important questions about the law on disability-selective abortion, but also more broadly on the possibility of challenges to the law based on any allegedly negative message.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 21st September 2023

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Woman in Teesside accused of carrying out own abortion to appear before judge – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2023 in abortion, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A 22-year-old woman accused of procuring a poison to abort her child shortly after the first Covid lockdown is due to appear before a judge this week. Bethany Cox is the fourth woman to be prosecuted in the last eight months for allegedly carrying out her own abortion, with only three trials in the 160 years before that, according to campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2023

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Woman jailed for taking abortion pills after time limit to be freed from prison – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2023 in abortion, appeals, families, imprisonment, news, sentencing, time limits, women by tracey

‘A woman who was jailed for terminating her pregnancy after the legal time limit during lockdown will be released from prison and reunited with her children, after winning a court of appeal effort to reduce her sentence.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2023

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Is it time to decriminalise abortion in the UK? – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2023 in abortion, news, podcasts, time limits by sally

‘After a distressing and controversial case in which a woman was jailed after taking abortion pills after the UK time limit, is it time to change the law?’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2023

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Call to overhaul ‘out of date’ UK abortion laws after woman jailed – The Guardian

‘Abortion legislation is “very much out of date” and should be overhauled, the chair of the Commons women and equalities committee has said, after a woman was jailed for procuring drugs to induce an abortion after the legal limit.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2023

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The Public Order Bill Set To Become Law: Know Your Rights – Each Other

Posted March 9th, 2023 in abortion, bills, media, news, public order, stop and search by sally

‘The controversial Public Order Bill is receiving final amendments from Parliament and will receive Royal Assent before becoming an official Act. Here is what those amendments mean for your rights.’

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Each Other, 8th March 2023

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Protest and proportionality in the Supreme Court: The Safe Access Zones Bill Reference [2022] UKSC 32 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 15th, 2022 in abortion, bills, devolution issues, harassment, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Abortion in Northern Ireland has had a fraught and frequently distressing history. Until 2019 when the UK Parliament reformed the law, the jurisdiction had the most restrictive approach to abortion in the UK. But even this reform has not reformed the reality, either for those seeking abortion services or information and counselling on such services or for those who work at providers of such services lawfully. I have previously written about the situation as it stood in March 2021, and the reality has changed little since then, with two notable exceptions. In March 2022, the Northern Ireland Assembly passed the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill (Northern Ireland) (“SAZ Bill”) to create buffer zones around lawful abortion providers, in an attempt to criminalise the harassment and intimidation of people who seek or work in such places. On 2 December 2022, tired of the glacial pace and political controversy in commissioning abortion services, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland moved to commission such services himself. In the interim, the Attorney General for Northern Ireland (“AGNI”) referred the SAZ Bill to the UK Supreme Court to determine whether it was lawful.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th December 2022

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Woman with Down’s syndrome loses abortion law appeal – BBC News

‘A woman with Down’s syndrome has lost her appeal over a law that allows abortion up until birth for a foetus with the condition.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

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