Paton v British Pregnancy Advisory Service Trustees: QBD 1979

Sir George Baker P said: ‘The case put to me finally by Mr. Rankin . . is that while he cannot say here that there is any suggestion of a criminal abortion nevertheless if doctors did not hold their views, or come to their conclusions, in good faith which would be an issue triable by a jury (see Reg. v. Smith (John) [1973] 1 W.L.R. 1510) then this plaintiff might recover an injunction. That is not accepted by Mr. Denny. It is unnecessary for me to decide that academic question because it does not arise in this case. My own view is that it would be quite impossible for the courts in any event to supervise the operation of the Abortion Act 1967 . . . That does not now arise in this case. The two doctors have given a certificate. It is not and cannot be suggested that the certificate was given in other than good faith and it seems to me that there is the end of the matter in English law.’
Sir George Baker P
[1979] QB 276
Abortion Act 1967
England and Wales
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