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An unborn child has a legal personality in English law

by John Smeaton, SPUC

One of the best-informed pro-life blogs is simply entitled ALDU – which stands for The Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn.

Last week it re-published an article by the late Gerald Wright QC, B.A., B.C.L.. Mr Wright was commenting on the abortion case, Paton v BPAS, in which William Paton, in May 1979 " … sought an injunction to restrain the B.P.A.S. Trustees, and his own wife, from aborting a child, his child, which his wife was then expecting."

George Baker, the President of the Court, said in his judgement:

"The foetus cannot in English law, in my view, have a right of its own at least until it is born and has a separate existence from its mother."

Mr Wright disagreed. He says in his article:

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