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Doctors may decide that effects of a fetus’s sex justify an abortion, says new BMA ethics guide

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1452 (Published 27 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1452
  1. Clare Dyer
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Doctors risk prosecution for assisting a suicide if they merely provide information on suicide options to patients who are terminally ill or have a progressive disorder, suggests a new BMA guide to ethics and law.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided in 2010 that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute Libby Wilson, an 84 year old retired GP and co-founder of the pro-euthanasia group Friends at the End, for assisting a suicide after she gave information on how to commit suicide to a woman she had never met who had multiple sclerosis.

But Medical Ethics Today cautions that, despite the decision in Dr Wilson’s case, the mere provision of advice or literature on …

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