On Friday, a female British judge ordered a pregnant woman who reportedly has developmental disabilities and a mood disorder to have an abortion, even though the woman and her mother allegedly strenuously object.
The Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports that the pregnant woman is 22 weeks pregnant and has been described as “in her twenties.” CAN also noted that the woman is reportedly Catholic, with a mother from Nigeria, and has the mental capacity of a grade school-age child. CNA added, “The woman’s mother, reported to be a former midwife, registered her absolute opposition to the abortion citing the Catholic faith of herself and her daughter.”
The judge, Justice Nathalie Lieven, who serves in the Court of Protection, which deals with individuals deemed to lack the ability to make decisions for themselves, stated, “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.” Lieven added of the pregnant woman, “I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll.”
Doctors argued that the baby should be aborted because it would be less traumatic for the pregnant woman than seeing her child placed in foster care. Lieven agreed, saying, “I think [the woman] would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed [from her care].”