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Ethics – Aisling Hubert

December 2016

Pro-life campaigner Aisling Hubert has seen her challenge against the unjust costs awarded against her adjourned until January. The 23-year-old Christian woman, whose attempt to bring gender-abortion doctors to justice was derailed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), is facing crippling legal costs.

Ms Hubert aimed to bring two doctors, who in 2012 were filmed by investigative journalists offering gender abortion, to justice. However, her private prosecution was derailed by the CPS, and she was asked to pay legal costs totalling £47,000.

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, she appeared at Brighton and Hove Magistrates Court on Wednesday 2 November to ask for £36,000 of the total to either be cancelled or reduced.

The £36,000 in costs was awarded to pay for the two doctors’ legal bills. The further £11,000 costs awarded against the woman followed her attempt to challenge the CPS’ decision to intervene in the case.

While District Judge James was receptive to the application, he adjourned the case until 17 January, as he wanted to take into consideration the response of the two doctors’ lawyers. Commenting on the decision, she said she was disappointed, but added, ‘I’m trusting in God’s timing, so I have peace’.


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