Paedophile given custody of girl he then abused and got pregnant – BBC News

‘A young girl who became pregnant after abuse by a convicted paedophile had been placed in his care despite authorities knowing his past, a report has revealed.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2023

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People born of rape now recognised in Victims’ Code in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2023 in bills, children, families, Ministry of Justice, news, pregnancy, rape, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A woman conceived through rape, who has campaigned for a change in the law to recognise people like herself as victims, is celebrating after achieving her goal. The government has announced that the victims’ bill will extend the definition of a “victim” to include people who are born as a result of rape. It means England and Wales will be among the first in the world to officially confer victim status to children born of rape.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2023

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The ‘Syringe Method’ of Surrogacy and the Law – Family Law Week

Posted January 6th, 2023 in artificial insemination, children, families, family courts, news, pregnancy, surrogacy by tracey

‘Nathan Baylis, a pupil barrister at 4 Brick Court, provides a guide to the legal recognition of at-home artificial insemination in surrogacy arrangements.’

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Family Law Week, 15th December 2022

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Case Comment: Khan v Meadows [2021] UKSC 21 – UKSC Blog

‘In this post Rebecca Khan, a Legal Support Assistant at Matrix Chambers, comments on the case of Khan v Meadows [2021] UKSC 21 – handed down on the 18th of June 2021. This appeal raised important questions about the application of the scope of duty principle in clinical negligence cases. The judgment is handed down together with the court’s judgment in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2021] UKSC 20.’

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UKSC Blog, 4th January 2023

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The ‘Syringe Method’ of Surrogacy and the Law – Family Law

Posted December 16th, 2022 in artificial insemination, children, families, family courts, news, pregnancy, surrogacy by tracey

‘Nathan Baylis, a pupil barrister at 4 Brick Court, provides a guide to the legal recognition of at-home artificial insemination in surrogacy arrangements.’

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Family Law Week, 15th December 2022

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Leicestershire mum campaigns for workplace fertility rights – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2022 in employment, families, news, pregnancy, women by tracey

‘A mum is calling for more workplace rights for people undergoing fertility treatment. Becky Kearns, from Bottesford in Leicestershire, underwent five rounds of failed IVF treatment before having three children through egg donation. She is supporting a private members’ bill brought by MP Nickie Aiken, calling for a right to paid time off, which is due to be heard later.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

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Mother wins £60,000 over Morrisons discrimination – BBC News

‘Morrisons has been told to pay a mother £60,000 for discriminating against her when she returned from maternity leave.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2022

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Care substandard at 39% of maternity units in England, NHS watchdog finds – The Guardian

‘Two out of five maternity units in England are providing substandard care to mothers and babies, the NHS watchdog has warned. “The quality of maternity care is not good enough,” the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said in its annual assessment of how health and social care services are performing.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2022

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Judge approves C-section for pregnant woman with mental health difficulties – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2022 in birth, consent, mental health, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Doctors can carry out a caesarean section on a heavily pregnant woman with mental health difficulties without her approval if needed, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2022

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East Kent hospital baby deaths: Dr Bill Kirkup review to be published – BBC News

‘An independent review launched after up to 15 babies died at a hospital trust will be published later.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2022

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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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