Why doctors need not fear prosecution for gender-related abortions

Swift, Kristina and Robson, Michelle (2012) Why doctors need not fear prosecution for gender-related abortions. The Journal of Criminal Law, 76 (4). pp. 348-357. ISSN 0022-0183

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1350/jcla.2012.76.4.785


This article examines whether criminal liability can arise in respect of abortions which are said to be gender related. Recent claims of abortions performed on the grounds of gender have raised questions of possible criminal liability of the medical profession. This article argues that a doctor performing an abortion would almost inevitably be able to establish a defence to any allegation of criminal activity, by relying on both the specific defences set out in the Abortion Act 1967 and the readiness of the judiciary to defend a doctor's actions where the doctor is acting responsibly and in good faith to safeguard a patient from harm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abortion, Abortion Act 1967, Defences, Necessity, Gender, Good faith
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Kristina Swift
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2013 12:24
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 17:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11516

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