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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 ...
Transplantation, the Fetus and the Law
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 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 ...
Birth of Handicapped Child After Negligent Sterilisation
Reversing a British lower court's decision, the Court of Appeals in
Selective Reduction of Pregnancy
No Claim in English Law for Wrongful Birth
No cause for action was found for infant McKay's wrongful birth claim against her mother's physician and a health facility whose alleged negligence in detecting Mrs. McKay's rubella and advising an abortion resulted in ...
An Action by Putative Father and Unborn Fetus to Prevent Termination
Brahams reports the details of
Severely Handicapped Babies and the Law
According to British law, a nonviable handicapped fetus may be aborted, as may a viable one, to preserve maternal life. A handicapped newborn has full legal status. Brahams contends, however, that court actions concerning ...