What we learned from the forced-abortion case
So pro-lifers suddenly care about the state meddling in women’s affairs?
Ella Whelan, Columnist
4th July 2019
A woman’s decision to have an abortion is a deeply personal and private matter. But one mentally disabled woman living in England had her pregnancy discussed in public at length recently, following a court ruling mandating doctors to abort the pregnancy without her consent, which was later overturned.
The pregnant woman had a ‘moderately severe’ learning disorder and the mental age of a child aged between six and nine. Doctors questioned her ability to handle the psychological toll of childbirth and raising the child. The woman’s mother, her social worker and her lawyers all argued that she was capable of giving birth, and argued that the child’s grandmother would do most of the caregiving. Despite their pleas, the Court of Protection ruled that termination was in the woman’s ‘best interests’. After the case was taken to the Court of Appeal, the ruling was thankfully overturned.
Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling
24 June 2019
A woman has won an appeal against a court ruling that would have seen her mentally ill daughter forced to have an abortion.
She appealed a decision made last week granting permission for specialists to end the pregnancy.
Three Court of Appeal judges in London upheld the appeal, overturning the previous decision.
Woman with mental age of child must have abortion against her will, court rules
‘I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll’
Jun 22, 2019
A judge has ruled that a pregnant woman with limited mental capacity must have an abortion.
The woman is in her twenties and 22 weeks pregnant but has the mental age of a child aged between six and nine, the court heard.
A police investigation into how she fell pregnant is ongoing.