Whether Pregnancy Should Be Terminated and a Contraceptive Device Fitted in a Girl Aged 15
Lancet. 1982 May 22; 1(8282): 1194.
A British case is presented of an unmarried minor, the mother of one child, who requested an abortion over the objections of her parents. The unstable family situation, and the mental health and future welfare of the girl and her son, were acknowledged in the court's decision to permit the abortion and subsequent fitting of a contraceptive device. Of medicolegal interest are the court's interpretation of the Abortion Act to override parental objections in the best interests of a minor and the possibility that the court prescribed contraceptives in violation of the Sexual Offences Act. (KIE abstract)
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