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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 ...
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 ...
The Arthur Case--a Proposal for Legislation
This article reviews the circumstances of British physician Leonard Arthur's trial and acquittal on a charge of attempted murder in connection with the death of a Down's syndrome infant. A draft bill is proposed containing ...