Judge rules woman with mental age of child must have abortion

Bishop condemns decision to force woman to have abortion

"I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the state to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn't want it is an huge intrusion", Justice Lieven wrote.

In her original decision, Lieven wrote that she was operating in the woman's "best interests" in spite of being "acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn't want it is an vast intrusion." said Justice Nathalie Lieven in her ruling in the Court of Protection on June 21.

Levien said that the abortion was in the developmentally disabled woman's "best interests" because she said that having the child would be more traumatic than killing it in utero and that she didn't understand the gravity of childbearing.

They said there was a risk to the pregnant woman's psychiatric health if pregnancy continued and they feared her behaviour could pose a risk to a baby.

Bosses at an NHS trust responsible for the woman's care had asked Mrs Justice Lieven to let doctors perform an abortion.

The Catholic church has criticised a court order under which a woman with a learning disability will have an abortion against her wishes.

A British court on Monday overruled a lower court's ruling that would have forced a mentally disabled woman to undergo an abortion 22 weeks into her pregnancy.

"Pregnancy, although real to her, doesn't have a baby outside her body that she can touch". The woman, who has not been identified, is reportedly in her 20s and is of Nigerian descent.

The woman's mother, a former midwife, opposes the abortion procedure and told the court that she could take care of the child with the support from the daughter, Sky News reported.

Ms Justice Lieven made the "enormous" decision to rule that the woman must undergo termination, as having a baby would not be in the best interests of the woman or the unborn child.

Notwithstanding our Nation's special relationship with the United Kingdom, the United States should assist this pregnant woman if she, or her mother, seeks a humanitarian alternative to this judicially-mandated forced late-term abortion. In a free society like ours there is a delicate balance between the rights of the individual and the powers of the state and the initial ruling upset that balance. While John Sherrington, a bishop in the Catholic diocese of Westminster said the decision infringed on human rights. This case, for which all information is not available, raises serious questions about the meaning of "best interests" when a patient lacks mental capacity and is subject to the court's decision against her will.

Police are looking into how the pregnancy came about in the first place, per the Independent.



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