Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Forcing Mentally Disable Woman to Abort Child

The mother of a mentally disabled woman has appealed the ruling of a British judge has ruled that doctors can force her pregnant daughter to have an abortion. And the appeals court just overturned the ruling.

As LifeNews reported, a British judge ruled in favor of a government-run hospital to allow doctors to abort the mentally disabled woman’s 22 week old unborn baby against her will.

Doctors argued that the abortion is in the woman’s best interests — even though social workers and her own family disagree. Her legal team argued there is no evidence to show that aborting her baby is beneficial for her. The woman’s mother has even offered to care for the grandchild but the judge ruled otherwise.

Mrs Justice Lieven wrote in her ruling: “I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll.”

But the woman’s mother is appealing the ruling. The woman’s mother, who is a member of the Nigerian Igbo community and a Catholic, is fighting the decision. She says abortion is against her Catholic religious beliefs and her cultural beliefs. She also said that she would be able to care for the baby, and that her daughter’s abilities and wishes were being undermined.

Barristers John McKendrick QC and Victoria Butler-Cole QC, who represented the woman at Monday’s appeal hearing, said Mrs Justice Lieven’s decision was wrong and should be overturned.

And the lower judge’s ruling has now been reversed:

Doctors must not be allowed to perform an abortion on a pregnant mentally-ill woman, Court of Appeal judges have ruled.

But three appeal judges on Monday over-ruled that decision after the woman’s mother, a former midwife, mounted a challenge.

Lord Justice McCombe, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Peter Jackson had considered the challenge at a Court of Appeal hearing in London.

They said they would give reasons for their decision at a later date.

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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Steven Ertelt and originally published at LifeNews. Title changed by P&P.]



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