Doctors who performed late abortion will not be prosecuted

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:688
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute two doctors involved in a late abortion of a fetus with a cleft lip and palate, after a lengthy investigation triggered by a complaint from a Church of England trainee cleric.

Police initially investigated after a complaint by Joanna Jepson, 28, who was born with a congenital jaw defect (corrected by surgery when she was in her teens), but decided not to prosecute. The investigation was reopened after Ms Jepson sought …

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