Good News! Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Forcing Disabled Woman To Abort

Written by Wes Walker on June 25, 2019

Let it never be said we only report the bad news. Finally, score one for the good guys.

The baby gets to live!

We recently covered a story where a judge ruled that a woman must abort her child against her will — despite wanting to keep the baby, and having a support network to help her raise it despite mom’s cognitive disability.

The ruling to force an abortion has been rescinded.

The story of the judge ordering the abortion, and why we argued that is a reason Americans should really think twice about single-payer health care was covered here: Judge Compels Catholic Woman To Abort Her Baby At 22 Weeks… Here’s Why

The judge herself admitted it was an ‘immense intrusion’ and the ‘experts’ pushing this decision were medical staffers.

The NHS trust that is caring for the woman had sought the court’s permission for doctors to terminate the pregnancy. Three specialists, an obstetrician and two psychiatrists, said a termination was the best option because of the risk to the woman’s psychiatric health if pregnancy continued.
Source: The Guardian

So much for that Hippocratic oath.

But the story does have a happy ending.

At the appeal court hearing, John McKendrick QC, representing the woman’s mother, argued that Lieven’s analysis of what was in the woman’s best interests was flawed.

“There is a clear overall view of a young woman who wishes to have a baby,” he told the court.

Earlier on Monday, before the appeal court’s decision, John Sherrington, a bishop in the Catholic diocese of Westminster, said: “Forcing a woman to have an abortion against her will, and that of her close family, infringes her human rights, not to mention the right of her unborn child to life in a family that has committed to caring for this child.

“In a free society like ours there is a delicate balance between the rights of the individual and the powers of the state.”

He added: “This case, for which all the information is not available, raises serious questions about the meaning of ‘best interests’ when a patient lacks mental capacity and is subject to the court’s decision against her will.”
Source: The Guardian

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