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Damages Awarded for Births Following Negligent Abortion and Sterilisation
Background information and the decisions in three recent wrongful birth court cases in Britain are summarized. One case involved damages claimed for the birth of a healthy infant to a single mother after an unsuccessful ...
Court of Appeal Endorses Medical Decision to Allow Baby to Die
Brahams briefly reviews a British Court of Appeals decision,
Jehovah's Witness Transfused Without Consent: A Canadian Case
Last year the Ontario High Court held a doctor liable in damages for giving an unconscious patient a life-saving blood transfusion. The patient carried a card stating that she was a Jehovah's Witness and the doctor saw ...
Incompetent Adults and Consent to Treatment
An Appeal Court review, brought by the Official Solicitor of Great Britain of a justice's declaration that sterilization of a mentally handicapped woman would not be unlawful only by reason of her incapacity to consent to ...
The Right to Be Allowed to Die
Commenting on the California case of Elizabeth Bouvia, a quadreplegic who requested hospital assistance to alleviate suffering while she starved herself to death, Brahams expresses the hope that no patient in the United Kingdom ...
Consent to Medical Treatment in Prison
The case of a British prisoner serving a life term for sexual offenses who alleged that he was forcibly subjected to treatment with psychoactive drugs is described. Prison authorities argued that the plaintiff had consented ...
The Postcoital Pill and Intrauterine Device: Contraceptive or Abortifacient?
The use of the postcoital pill and the IUD might be illegal under British law if, as some groups contend, conception is defined as fertilization of the ovum. An amendment stipulating that conception includes implantation would ...
Charge of Attempted Murder of an Infant by a Gynaecologist Dismissed
Legal charges were dismissed on 15 September 1983 in the case of Anthony Hamilton, a British gynecologist charged with attempted murder for inducing an abortion that resulted in the delivery and survival of an infant of ...
When Is Discontinuation of Dialysis Justified?
The staff of a renal dialysis unit in Oxford, England, determined that further treatment would no longer be beneficial to a mentally handicapped patient who was noncompliant and disruptive. The director of the hostel ...
A Baby's Life or a Mother's Liberty: A United States Case
The wisdom of the English court's refusal to grant ward of the court status to a fetus endangered by its mother's way of life is held to be demonstrated by a District of Columbia case,