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MPs call for smacking to be outlawed

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7404.1414-a (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1414
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Smacking, even in families, should be made illegal to protect children from abuse, says a report from a cross party group of British MPs.


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    In a report …

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