High Court reverses police decision not to prosecute over abortionBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1307-a (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1307
- Roger Dobson
The High Court has given the go-ahead for a legal challenge to a decision by the police not to prosecute doctors involved in a late abortion carried out on a woman whose fetus had a cleft palate.
Reverend Joanna Jepson was given permission to launch a judicial review of the decision by West Mercia Police in a legal action that could lead to a tightening up of the abortion law and to a clearer definition of what constitutes a serious handicap.
The 27 year old curate's original application for a judicial …