Patient's consent to abortion is usually necessary even in emergencies

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.446c (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:446
  1. Margaret Puxon
  1. Queen's counsel 19 Clarence Gate Gardens, London NW1 6AY

    EDITOR,—In Clare Dyer's report on a gynaecologist who was acquitted of performing an illegal abortion after he carried out a hysterectomy while suspecting that the patient was pregnant she states that “the emergency provisions of the 1967 Abortion Act … allow a doctor to terminate a pregnancy without the patient's consent if her …

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