High Court declares that child should receive vaccinations against mother’s wishes

SL (Permission to Vaccinate), Re 2017 EWHC

The High Court has ruled that a local authority may vaccinate a seven month old boy contrary to his mother’s wishes.

Children's Rights, Health

High Court rules that NHS England has a duty to commission and pay for preventative HIV treatment


United Nations Human Rights Committee asks Ireland to amend its abortion laws

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5(4) of the Optional protocol, concerning communication No. 2324/2013
In June, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) ruled that Ireland’s abortion laws subject women to ‘discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’  On the facts of this case, the right to private and family life was also violated.

Discrimination, Health

The DNA of a deceased person may be tested to prove paternity

Spencer v Anderson (paternity testing) [2016] EWHC 851 (Fam)

On 15th April 2016 the High Court of England and Wales ruled that while there is no statutory power to order DNA testing to establish paternity, it possesses an inherent power to do so in cases where the absence of a remedy would lead to injustice.

Health, Medical Law

21 year old woman given suspended sentence for inducing abortion with pills

The defendant, who at the age of 19 procured an abortion by purchasing pills on the Internet was given a three months suspended sentence at Belfast Crown Court.  The defendant could not afford to travel to England to obtain a legal termination.  However, she sought advice from a clinic in England about what pills to buy and induced an abortion.

She pleaded guilty to two offences: procuring her own abortion by using a poison, and supplying a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage, contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

Criminal Law, Health, Local Developments, Medical Law

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