Fears for vulnerable women amid rise in Britons investigated over illegal abortions by police – The Independent

Posted August 19th, 2022 in abortion, criminal justice, news, pregnancy, statistics, women by tracey

‘Increasing numbers of Britons are being investigated by police over suspected illegal abortions, new figures show.’

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The Independent, 18th August 2022

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Sheffield ultrasound clinic not giving expectant mothers safe care – CQC – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2022 in birth, complaints, hospitals, news, pregnancy, quality assurance by tracey

‘An ultrasound clinic has been told to make improvements after failing to ensure expectant mothers receive “safe and effective care”.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2022

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IVF Access To Widen After Discrimination Case – Each Other

‘Lesbians, bi women and some trans people will no longer have to pay more for IVF treatment after a landmark discrimination case. Lesbian couple Megan and Whitney Bacon-Evans launched a legal case showing that NHS England’s IVF policy discriminated against same-sex couples. Unlike heterosexual couples, some LGBTQ couples and single women have had to pay for artificial insemination to prove their fertility status before they can receive NHS help for IVF.’

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Each Other, 9th August 2022

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Premature birth ‘almost twice as likely’ in England’s prisons than outside – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2022 in birth, health & safety, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, prisons, statistics, women by sally

‘Female prisoners are almost twice as likely to give birth prematurely as women in the general population, leaving them and their babies at risk, research has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2022

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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act can be “read down” to accord with Convention family rights – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This poignant case tells a sad story, but an instructive one in terms of human rights and the ability of courts to interpret statutes in accordance with these rights under Section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th July 2022

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Woman who gave birth in Jamaica stranded after baby refused entry to UK – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2022 in children, government departments, immigration, Jamaica, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘A British resident who is stranded in Jamaica with her baby has been told by the Home Office the child cannot come to the UK because he has an “established life” on the Caribbean island.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2022

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Baby loss: Legalising leave within the profession – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 5th, 2022 in birth, maternity leave, news, paternity leave, pregnancy, sick leave, solicitors by sally

‘Miscarriage is not an illness and should not be allocated as ‘sick leave.’ The statistics speak for themselves: 1 in 8 pregnancies results in miscarriage, 1 in 90 pregnancies are ectopic and 1 in every 200 births in England is a still birth (death occurring after 24 weeks of pregnancy).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th July 2022

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Karolina Szopa and Jamie Fletcher: The Future of Abortion Rights under the European Convention on Human Rights in Light of Dobbs – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 4th, 2022 in abortion, constitutional law, human rights, news, pregnancy, women by tracey

‘On Friday 24th June 2022, in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overruled the right to an abortion nearly 50 years since it first declared it a constitutionally protected right. An outpour of protests and condemnation followed the release of the opinion, with many legal professionals, politicians and NGOs across Europe speaking out against the devastating consequences this decision will have on women’s and other pregnant people’s rights in the US. Pregnancy holds implications for women’s physical and social identity, with repercussions on the woman’s economic status, her chance for education, career and ability to pursue the life she chooses, not least to mention her physical health. In the opinion of this blog’s authors, a pivotal decision such as access to an abortion should be shielded from state interference.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th June 2022

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Women accused of illegal abortions in England and Wales after miscarriages and stillbirths – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2022 in abortion, criminal justice, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘Women in England and Wales who have suffered miscarriages or stillbirths are being investigated by police on suspicion of having illegal abortions, with some forced to hand over their phones and laptops for invasive “digital strip searches”.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2022

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Leicester parents take legal action after unborn baby dies – BBC News

‘A couple are taking legal action against a hospital trust following the death of their unborn son.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2022

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Shrewsbury maternity report: Uncovering the biggest NHS maternity scandal – BBC News

‘A damning report this week revealed the catastrophic failings at an NHS trust, where at least 201 babies and nine mothers might have survived with better maternity care. Michael Buchanan has led the BBC’s investigation into the scandal and first reported concerns five years ago, but he says he’s not done in Shrewsbury yet.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2022

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Shropshire baby deaths: The harrowing stories that informed the inquiry – The Independent

‘Investigator Donna Ockenden’s team has recorded the harrowing stories of children and mothers dying at the hands of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2022

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Heavily pregnant woman can have C-section against her will, judge rules – BBC News

‘Doctors can perform a Caesarean section against the will of a diabetic woman in her late 20s, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC news, 10th March 2022

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Police sergeant jailed for 10 years for raping drunk woman – The Independent

Posted March 7th, 2022 in imprisonment, news, police, pregnancy, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A police sergeant has been jailed for 10 years for raping a “paralytic” woman who went on to give birth to his child.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2022

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Sperm donation & pre-conception agreements: The legal issues – Family Law

Posted February 11th, 2022 in assisted reproduction, families, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘For those who are struggling to conceive a child, the creation of an embryo using donated sperm could be lifechanging. As well as creating a baby, however, the procedure could create a whole host of legal problems in the future.’

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Family Law, 4th February 2022

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Why are pregnant women in prison? – Coventry University

Posted January 31st, 2022 in criminal justice, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, prisons, women by sally

‘The aim of this study is to find out why pregnant women spend time in prison, on remand, on recall from licence conditions and on sentence. Research shows that women very rarely commit violent or serious crime, and very few women present any kind of danger to the public. Research also identifies that pregnant women are especially vulnerable and in need of extra care – so this raises critical questions about the incarceration of pregnant women. ‘

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Coventry University, November 2021

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Call to stop jailing pregnant women in England after baby dies in prison toilet – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2022 in bereavement, birth, death in custody, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, women by tracey

‘Vulnerable pregnant women are being imprisoned for non-violent offences, in some cases within just a few weeks of their babies’ due date, according to new research set to be published on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2022

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HMP Styal: Prisoner who had stillborn baby ‘will never forgive jail’ – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2022 in birth, news, ombudsmen, pregnancy, prisons by tracey

‘A prisoner who gave birth to a stillborn baby in the toilet of a cell has said she “will never forgive the prison” for the “horror death”. Louise Powell, 31, who did not know she was pregnant, said she begged for an ambulance before her baby died at HMP Styal in Cheshire in 2020. She told BBC Newsnight she was left alone when she was “crying for help”.
The Prisons and Probations Ombudsman found there were “missed opportunities” to identify her urgent clinical needs.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2022

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Man handed life sentence for attacking girlfriend and killing her unborn baby – The Independent

‘A man has been handed a life sentence for attacking his girlfriend and killing her unborn child.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2022

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Doctors up in arms over ‘pre-conception negligence’ ruling – Legal Futures

Posted December 20th, 2021 in birth, children, damages, disabled persons, doctors, health, negligence, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Hundreds of doctors around the country, along with representative organisations, have spoken out over the High Court finding a GP negligent for advice given to a mother before conception which led to the birth of a disabled child.’

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Legal Futures, 20th December 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk