Girl, 13, can make her own decision about termination, says judge

The Telegraph 9 May 2014
A High Court judge has ruled that a 13-year-old girl is capable of making her own decision about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy.

Health authority bosses had asked Mr Justice Mostyn to decide whether the teenager had the mental capacity to understand options open to her.

The judge concluded that she did – after hearing evidence from a psychiatrist who had interviewed her.

He said it was for the girl to “decide what she wishes to do”.

According to a medical expert, she had indicated that she was thinking about a termination as she felt she couldn’t cope with the continuation of the pregnancy.

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