Articles tagged with: Medical
By Michelle Heeley
Abortion is an emotive subject, regardless of political persuasion. It is one of the few issues that genuinely has the ability to polarise opinion, with neither side likely to be persuaded to the other’s point of view.
Fortunately this country has not yet gone down the American route with abortion being played out as a party political issue. Generally, MPs are given a free vote on topics surrounding the issue with party leaders recognising that the whip could be difficult to enforce on an area dominated by personal views.
By Lucy Reed
New guidance on transparency in proceedings has been published by the President of the Family Division and of the Court of Protection, Sir James Munby.
The two sets of guidance entitled “Transparency in the Family Courts: Publication of Judgments” and “Transparency in the Court of Protection: Publication of Judgments” come into force on 3 February 2014.
Both of the new guidance documents link to the very helpful and comprehensive 2011 paper The Family Courts: Media Access & Reporting, which sets out the law in this difficult area and repays being …
By Elaine Freer
Tony Nicklinson lost his legal battle in 2012 for a judicial ruling that, were his wife to administer life-ending drugs to him at his express request, she would not be liable to prosecution for murder.
I wrote about this in a previous article, at the end of which I referred briefly to the case of “Martin” (real name unknown), whose case was similar, but with one crucial distinction: whilst Tony Nicklinson sought protection for his wife in these circumstances, Martin sought it for an as-yet unknown person, unrelated to …
By Charles Foster and Rebecca Carter
A “test case” is reportedly being brought in the High Court in February 2014 to determine whether a woman has the right to “harvest” her seriously ill partner’s sperm.
The legal action was brought to our attention by reports in the press yesterday, which included articles in the Independent, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
The facts of the case were reported as follows: the woman (AB) and her partner (P) had been in a relationship for several years and got engaged last year. They had “extensive” …
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By Charles Foster
In an emergency ruling in the Family Division of the High Court, Mr Justice Mostyn has ordered that a three-year-old boy undergo a bone marrow transplant against the wishes of the father.
The evidence apparently was that the transplant was the boy’s only realistic chance of survival. The father wanted the boy to go with him to an Arab country, but the court heard, and accepted, that the journey would “almost certainly” kill the child and that the bone marrow transplant would not be available there.
Mr Justice …