Termination of the pregnancy of a minor

Re “A” (Supressed) [2013] QSC 334 saw recent publication of an earlier decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland, regarding a hospital’s application to the court for an order permitting termination of the pregnancy of a ‘very young’ minor. The minor, it was said, did not have capacity to consent to the procedure herself.

Orders were made permitting the proposed termination.

The court noted that the police proposed to obtain access to the products of termination. This was presumably with a view to identifying the father, with a view to prosecution if appropriate.