Emily Jackson

in Medical Law

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of © Emily Jackson 2019

Published in print August 2019 | ISBN: 9780198825845
Published online September 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191864896 | DOI:

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 the prospects for law reform. 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.  29910 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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