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Abortion without free and informed consent? An Austrian case of first impression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11445885     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Notwithstanding the question of whether abortion is generally or exceptionally a legitimate means of family planning, it is basically agreed that abortion is not justifiable without free and informed consent of the pregnant woman. However, if abortion is held by the legislature to be a "ground of justification" (i.e., a far-reaching exception to criminal liability), is it true that abortion may also be carried out for the benefit of a pregnant woman who is not able to give free and informed consent? Should a substituted-judgment approach be applied in cases where the woman is incompetent to decide? Or should the pregnant woman's relatives' interests be taken into account exclusively? The author tries to answer these questions, which were tackled by the Austrian Supreme Court in a recent case.
E Bernat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of medicine and philosophy     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0360-5310     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Philos     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-10     Completed Date:  2001-08-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610512     Medline TA:  J Med Philos     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  311-21     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Institute for Civil Law, Foreign and International Private Law, Karl-Franzens-University, Graz, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal*
Decision Making
Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence*
Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence
Pregnant Women*
Proxy / legislation & jurisprudence

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