termination of a pregnancy

See: abortion
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In the light of Regulation 9(e), there can be no doubt that a court would reject out of hand the suggestion that section 10(c) ('preventing the lawful termination of a pregnancy or obstructing access to a facility') criminalises a doctor who refuses to refer to another doctor; it would choose in favour of the clear and obvious intention of Parliament, namely that the section was designed to criminalise violent behaviour outside clinics intended to prevent patients lawfully entering the facility.
9-11] This paper reports two cases of women presenting to their primary care physicians with psychological problems that they blamed on termination of a pregnancy some years before.
In the light of Regulation 9(e) there can be no doubt that a court would reject out of hand the suggestion that section 10(c) ('preventing the lawful termination of a pregnancy or obstructing access to a facility') criminalises a doctor who refuses to refer to another doctor; it would choose in favour of the clear and obvious intention of Parliament, namely that the section was designed to criminalise violent behaviour outside clinics intended to prevent patients lawfully entering the facility.
The requirement of referral to a medical practitioner prepared to do an abortion in non-emergency cases is further strengthened by the provision in the Choice Act that makes it an offence if any person 'prevents the lawful termination of a pregnancy or obstructs access to a facility for the termination of a pregnancy'.
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