Tag: Informed Consent

G.H. v Hungary: the Reproductive Rights Case We Lost in Strasbourg


By Judit Gellér and Adam Weiss

You are 22 weeks pregnant, with twins. You start bleeding heavily. When you arrive at the hospital, you find out you need an emergency Caesarean section. Your thoughts come in a panicked jumble.  Will the twins make it?  Will you make it? How long will this all take and who is looking after the other children in the meantime?  

The courts in Hungary thought this was a good time for you to agree to be permanently sterilised. The European Court of Human Rights agrees: you were “in a position to take an informed decision”.

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