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Concealment of Birth (Scotland) Act 1809

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Concealment of Birth (Scotland) Act 1809

1809 CHAPTER 14

An Act for repealing an Act of the Parliament of Scotland, relative to Child Murder; and for making other Provisions in lieu thereof.

[20th March 1809]

WHEREAS by an Act of the Parliament of Scotland, passed in the second Session of the first Parliament of King William and Queen Mary, intituled, Act anent murtbering of Children, it is enacted, that if any Woman (hall conceal her being with Child during the whole Space, and (hall not call for and make use of Help and Assistance in the Birth, the Child being found dead or amissing, the Mother (hall be holden and reputed the Murtherer of her own Child: And whereas the Punishment of Death has been found too rigorous for such an Offence; But nevertheless it is expedient that it should be repressed, and punished suitable to its Quality and Degree: May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted ; and be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act, the said in part recited Act of the Parliament of Scotland shall be and the same is "hereby repealed.

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