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High Court reverses police decision not to prosecute over abortion

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1307
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    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 …

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