A judge orders a mentally disabled woman is to have her 22-weeks old pregnancy forcefully aborted. The woman who has been living with a disability since the age of 6-9-year-old. She is reported to be under the care if an NHS trust.
The British Judge, Nathalie Lieven, admitted in the ruling is an ‘immense intrusion’ to order an abortion, but he argued that it’s in the best interest of the woman.
Judge Lieven said, “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 immense intrusion.
“I have to operate in [her] best interests, not on society’s views of termination.”
She further explained that the woman would be unable to care for the child on her won. And was concerned about the risks posed by the woman’s behavioral and psychological problems.
Her legal team said that, although they accepted the woman was unable to give or withhold consent. The woman’s own mother believed that doctors “underestimated [her] ability and understanding and that more weight should be placed on her wishes and feelings”.
The woman’s mother, a Nigerian Catholic, has offered to care for her grandchild when it is born. But the judge Lieven said that it would be too difficult for the grandmother to look after both the daughter and the grandchild.
The judge said that the mother “would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed” to be adopted than from an abortion.