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Abortion

Emily Jackson

in Medical Law

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Emily Jackson 2016

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780198743507
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191804137 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/he/9780198743507.003.0013

Series: Text, Cases, And Materials

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All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter examines the law on abortion, beginning with a survey of the ongoing debate over the moral legitimacy of abortion. It then examines the current legal position, and considers how the Abortion Act 1967, as amended, works in practice. It looks at recent controversies over sex-selective abortion and considers whether law reform is desirable or feasible. Finally, the chapter looks briefly at the regulation of abortion in Northern Ireland, Ireland, and the United States.

Keywords: abortion; pregnancy; termination; UK law; moral status; fetus; Abortion Act 1967; Northern Ireland; Ireland

Chapter.  34195 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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