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British Court Orders Disabled Woman to Have Abortion Against Her Will

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A British court has ruled that a mentally challenged woman must be forced to have an abortion against her will and her family's religious beliefs.

The unnamed mother is in her 20s and has been diagnosed with a “moderately severe” learning disorder, meaning she has a mental age between six and nine, the Catholic Herald reported.

The case, which was decided on Friday, was brought to court by a National Health Service trust that oversees the disabled woman’s care.

Both the pregnant woman and her mother are against abortion, as it is against their Catholic faith.

The grandmother is reportedly a retired midwife and a Catholic member of the Nigerian Igbo community. She offered to care for her grandchild when it is born, but the pro-abortion activist lawyer-turned judge in the case, Justice Nathalie Lieven, decided that it would be "too difficult for the grandmother to look after both the daughter and the grandchild," according to the Catholic Herald.:snip:

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UK Court of Appeal Overturns Decision to Force Mentally Disabled Woman To Have Abortion

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:11 am 

[guest post by Dana]m the Catholic News Agency:

A controversial UK court decision to force a disabled woman to have an abortion has been overturned on appeal.

In a decision reportedly reached June 24, the English Court of Appeal, consisting of Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson, overturned the previous ruling of the Court of Protection.

According to Press Association reports, the judges said they would issue a full explanation of their decision at a later date, but that the circumstances of the case were “unique.”

This follows Justice Nathalie Lieven’s outrageous decision to force a mentally disabled woman to have an abortion at 22 weeks pregnant. As you recall, the disabled woman’s mother, who is a member of the Nigerian Igbo community, devout Catholic, and former midwife told the court that the decision violated her religious and cultural beliefs, and that she would raise the baby. But Lieven did not consider that a compelling enough reason to allow the baby to live, believing that the trauma of giving birth, or putting the baby up for adoption or into foster care would be worse for the young woman to experience than having an abortion.

The grandmother’s legal team appealed the decision:

Barrister John McKendrick QC, who is leading the woman’s mother’s legal team, told the judge: “It is accepted that (the woman) lacks capacity to conduct these proceedings and to make a decision in respect of whether or not to consent to a termination and associated ancillary treatment.

“That being said, (her mother) considers that the applicant has underestimated (her) ability and understanding, and that more weight should be place on her wishes and feelings.”

Mr McKendrick said “Termination is not in (the woman’s) best interests.”    :snip: 

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