A court in the United Kingdom has ordered that a pregnant woman in her twenties who reportedly has the mental capacity of a child to undergo an abortion, despite her family’s objections to the procedure.
Justice Nathalie Lieven of the Court of Protection ruled last Friday that the pregnant woman must undergo an abortion procedure to end her 22-week pregnancy.
The judge concluded that while the woman appeared to want to carry the baby to term, the court felt that they should “operate in [her] best interests, not on society’s views of termination.”
“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,” noted Lieven, as reported by the Independent.
Nevertheless, LIeven believed the woman would be unable to properly care for the child, arguing that “she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll.”
The pregnant woman, whose name has not been released to the public, lives in London with her mother. Police are investigating how she became pregnant, according to The Independent.
The ruling garnered outrage among many, including Obianuju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, who labeled the decision “murder disguised as care.”
“We should be outraged that a government-affiliated health establishment is fighting to kill a fully developed baby against the wishes of the mother and grandmother, and also that Justice Nathalie Lieven—who has admitted that all evidence indicates the disabled woman wants to keep her baby—has ruled that the child should be aborted,” wrote Ekeocha for First Things.
“This case exposes how far the tyranny of the abortion regime extends. In a society that has decided the unborn have no rights, the worth and life of the unborn are determined by the most powerful.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski