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Scots Law Tales$
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John Grant and Elaine E. Sutherland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860677.001.0001

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Bringing Up Catherine

Bringing Up Catherine

McFarlane v Tayside Health Board1

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(p.65) Chapter 4 Bringing Up Catherine
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Scots Law Tales
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Kenneth McK Norrie

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860677.003.0004

This chapter examines the civil reparation lawsuit filed by Scottish spouses George McFarlane and Laura Helen McFarlane against the Tayside Health Board. The McFarlanes alleged that Mr Irving, a Health Board surgeon, performed a botched vasectomy on George McFarlane that led to the unplanned pregnancy of Laura McFarlane. The claim was brought before the Court of Session and the House of Lords; both of the judicial bodies gave an almost similar majority judgment and subsequently dismissed the case. According to the judicial bodies, the law has viewed the birth of a normal healthy baby as a blessing rather than a detriment; thus, for this particular case, there was no loss at all.

Keywords:   George McFarlane, Laura McFarlane, Tayside Health Board, vasectomy, unplanned pregnancy, Court of Session, House of Lords

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