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Woman with bipolar disorder can abort her baby, judge rules

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3387 (Published 24 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3387
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A woman with bipolar disorder has been given the go ahead to have the abortion she wants after a Court of Protection judge ruled that she was capable of taking the decision.

The unnamed NHS trust caring for the 37 year old married woman, named only as Miss B, claimed that she had paranoid and delusional beliefs that meant she was incapable of weighing up the factors for and against a termination and deciding for herself.

A psychiatrist caring for her told Mr Justice Holman that he was “100% certain” that Miss B lacked the capacity to make a decision about termination. The judge said that psychiatric evidence about capacity was normally “determinative” in the Court of Protection, but after hearing …

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