U.K. Ruling : Mentally Limited Woman Allowed to Give Birth
UK Woman Was Ordered By Lower Court To Abort Her Child
By Timothy Nerozzi
June 24, 2019
The UK Court of Protection’s ruling that a mentally disabled woman must undergo an abortion against her will has been overturned by the Court of Appeals.
The patient, previously scheduled to undergo an abortion she and her family vehemently opposed, will now be allowed to carry the baby to full term.
The anonymous patient is a young woman in her 20’s of Nigerian descent. She is mentally impaired and is believed to have the intellectual capacity of a six to a 9-year-old girl. She also suffers from learning disabilities and mood disorder. She is now approximately 23 weeks into her pregnancy.
Her identity has been kept a secret, as well as anyone related to the case whose name could give away her identity.
Last week, Judge Nathalie Lieven ruled that, due to her belief that the completion of the patient’s pregnancy and the delivery of the baby would cause emotional distress, she would authorize the patient’s doctors to perform an abortion despite the protests of the patient and her family.
That ruling has been struck down by the UK’s Court of Appeals, with the decision rendered by Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice King, and Lord Justice Peter Jackson.
The court has not yet officially released any documents regarding their decision, though an explanation of their ruling is expected in the coming days.
The patient and her mother are of Nigerian heritage and practicing Catholics. The mother repeatedly stated that an abortion would be against both their religious and cultural values. The mother is a former midwife and offered to raise the child.
Right to Life, a leading pro-life activist group in the UK, released a statement after the Court of Appeals overturned the ruling, “This is an absolutely brilliant outcome for the mother, her baby, and their extended family.”
The group had planned a demonstration in opposition to Lieven’s ruling for June 25. After the change, of course, they decided to continue with the event.
“This horrific original ruling should never have happened in the first place. It is totally unacceptable that a mother had to go to the Court of Appeal to stop the state, forcing a late-term abortion on her daughter,” said Right to Life.
A petition, created around by Right to Life after the initial ruling, addressed to Matthew Hancock, the UK’s Secretary of State. The petition urged Hancock to intervene on the mother’s behalf and stop the procedure, and gained greater than 130,000 signatures in four days.