Locating lawful abortion on the spectrum of 'proper medical treatment'

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This chapter examines the concept of proper medical treatment in relation to lawful abortion, particularly in light of the campaign to decriminalise abortion altogether. It sketches a spectrum of proper medical treatment, from the paradigmatically proper to the liminally proper, and considers abortion against this spectrum. Rejecting both the suggestion that lawful abortion is always paradigmatically proper treatment, and the claim that it can only ever be “liminally” proper at best, an account is developed in which the status of abortion depends upon a range of factors, including the grounds upon which it is performed and public interests considerations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Legitimacy of Medical Treatment
Subtitle of host publicationWhat Role for the Medical Exception?
EditorsSara Fovargue, Alexandra Mullock
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameBiomedical Law and Ethics Library


  • abortion
  • medical treatment
  • Abortion Act 1967
  • criminal Law

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