concealment of pregnancy

concealment of pregnancy

in the criminal law of Scotland, the statutory crime of not calling for help during the period leading up to and including childbirth if the child is later missing or dead.
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Despite women usually being aware of their pregnancy, their willingness to disclose their pregnancy was contingent on many socio-cultural factors, and concealment of pregnancy was common and intentional.
Lynn Abrams calculated a mean age of twenty-six years for 39 suspects accused of concealment of pregnancy or child murder in Shetland from 1699 to 1920.
Ms Hassell said: "The second is the situation where there is a possible concealment of pregnancy very particular considerations come into play.