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Mother awarded £9 million in compensation after giving birth to seriously ill son

The High Court of England and Wales has awarded compensation to a mother to raise her baby son who was born with haemophilia.

The mother requested blood tests from her GP to see if she had the disorder after her nephew had been diagnosed with the rare condition.  The GP who analysed the blood tests told her she did not have haemophilia, and therefore she should not be concerned if she became pregnant. 

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Terminally ill man loses assisted dying challenge

 

Noel Douglas Conway -v- The Secretary of State for Justice and Others [2017] EWHC 2447 (Admin)

 

A man suffering from motor neurone disease has lost his challenge against the law on assisted dying.  Mr Conway wanted a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961, which lays out the law on assisted dying, is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) which relates to respect for private and family life. 

 

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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.

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Children's Rights, Health

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

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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.
 

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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.

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