This is medical rape: UK judge orders forced abortion on Catholic woman

By Jonathon Van Maren

A radical pro-abortion judge in the United Kingdom has just approved a forced abortion, despite the wishes of the pregnant woman, her mother, and the social worker who has been caring for her. From the Catholic News Agency:

A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, despite the objections of the woman’s mother and the woman herself. The woman is 22 weeks pregnant.

“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,” said Justice Nathalie Lieven in her ruling in the Court of Protection, June 21.

“I have to operate in [her] best interests, not on society’s views of termination,” Lieven explained, arguing that her decision is in the best interest of the woman.

The Court of Protection handles cases involving individuals judged to lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. The woman, who cannot been publicly identified, has been described as “in her twenties,” and is under the care of an NHS trust, part of the UK’s National Health Service.

Doctors at the trust wished to abort her pregnancy and argued that, due to her diminished mental capacity, the abortion would be less traumatic for the woman than giving birth, especially if the baby would then be placed in foster care. The woman’s mother made clear to doctors and the court that she would assume care of her grandchild.

The woman is believed to have the mental capacity of a grade school-age child. She is reportedly Catholic, and her mother is Nigerian. It is unknown if the pregnancy was conceived consensually, and police are investigating the circumstances of conception.

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. A social worker who cares for the woman also disagreed that she should be forced to have an abortion. The judge said she did not believe the woman understood what it meant to have a baby.

“I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll,” Lieven said. Lieven also said that she did not believe the woman’s ongoing mental health care needs would permit her mother to assist in raising the child. Allowing the child to be born and then removed from the woman’s home and placed into foster care or adoption would be against the woman’s own interests, the judge concluded.

“I think [the woman] would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed [from her care],” Lieven said, because “it would at that stage be a real baby.” Lieven clarified that the pregnancy “although real to [the woman], doesn’t have a baby outside her body she can touch.”

As a lawyer, Lieven has appeared in court before in cases concerning abortion. In 2011, while representing the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, an abortion provider, she argued that British women should be permitted to medically abort their pregnancies at their own homes instead of in a hospital. Five years later, Lieven argued in court that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were a violation of the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act.

In 2017, she said that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were akin to torture and were discriminatory.

Unrestricted abortion is legal in the UK until 24 weeks of pregnancy, after which doctors must certify that the abortion is in the medical interests of the mother.

NHS statistics show babies born at 24 weeks have a 50% chance of survival on average, though the rate depends on the NHS trust providing care. Babies born in a University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hospital in London at 23 weeks of gestation have a 70% chance of survival.

This horrifying scenario has unfolded in the United Kingdom before. Five years ago, Family Court judge James Munby ordered that an abortion be performed on a 13-year-old girl against her will, despite the fact that once again, experts testifying at the trial oppose the decision and the girl’s psychiatrist even warned that the abortion would damage her. Despite that, Munby actually said the following: “Leaving to one side her own wishes and feelings, the preponderance of all the evidence is clear that it would be in her best interests to have a termination.”

In short: Some UK judges believe that they can force unwanted abortions on women despite the fact that experts and caretakers warn that these forced abortions will damage the women because those judges believe that the women would be better off with their children. Those children, of course, are dismembered by an abortionist and tossed out like garbage.

This is nothing short of medical rape: A judge ordering a woman be forced into stirrups against her will, an abortionist forcing his way into her body, and removing the innocent child that she does not want aborted.


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10 thoughts on “This is medical rape: UK judge orders forced abortion on Catholic woman

  1. Kristin Clemons says:

    This has history in our country and others- forced sterilization. Eugenics. Anyone reading this comment. Google Eugenics. Then hit images and read. The foundation for abortion was there and will prevail again in the world. Sadly….

  2. Alice C. Dupre says:

    This judge sounds like she has no awareness of mental health; doesnt appear to understand exactly is going to happen during this “” forced ” abortion; and is very obviously heartless and a bigot. Several professional people expressed the positivity of the woman having the baby and letting HER MOTHER, WHO WAS A MIDWIFE,raise the child!! I surely hope someone or something will stop this hateful thing from happening

    • Theresa says:

      How does a man-made judge get to make a major life-Or-death decision for 3 human beings??? Does he/she think he lives in Communist China where other human beings around the world were/are repulsed by such barbaric, inhumane atrocities done to women when Reader’s Digest first pointed it out in the 1980’s???
      God have mercy on his/her soul!! How can this judge aspire to be so ferociously evil??

  3. Ann says:

    “Doctors at the trust wished to abort her pregnancy and argued that, due to her diminished mental capacity, the abortion would be less traumatic for the woman than giving birth”
    This makes no sense. Why would her mental capacity make one event less traumatic, and another more traumatic? It would make more sense to think that it would either make both more traumatic or both less so.
    Of course, really they have no idea whether her mental capacity would make either event either less or more traumatic, and are simply making unfounded statements to justify their decision.

  4. Norma says:

    This is unconscionable!!!! At 22 weeks, this innocent baby is already well formed in the womb of his/her mother; the baby can actually suck its thumb, move, kick, feel pain, etc.; and an abortion is a very painful and upsetting procedure for both the baby and the mother!! This is racial discrimination and pure evil on the part of these UK judges!!! Shame on you for destroying lives and tossing them aside like garbage; on top of which, this family is Catholic and does not condone abortion. You are abridging the rights of not only the baby but also the mother and her family!!!! This has to stop!!!

  5. Michele Shoun says:

    Is there a typo in this sentence? “Some UK judges believe that they can force unwanted abortions on women despite the fact that experts and caretakers warn that these forced abortions will damage the women because those judges believe that the women would be better off with their children.” The meaning is unclear.

  6. Kelly Erwin says:

    Why is it in the cases of forced abortion a woman is subject to a psychiatric evaluation, but if a woman is not forced she is not subject to a psychiatric evaluation? The women didn’t even get the opportunity to have a second opinion when they were forced to abort. This sickens me. The united states should stop all trade with china and russia unless they agree to public apology and remove the corrupt officials carrying out these Nazi procedures.

  7. Brigitte Pace says:

    This judge should be kicked out of her profession before she does any more harm. She has no right to to force this woman to have an abortion for any reason whatsoever.
    As Catholics, both mother and daughter have made it clear that they are against abortion and want the baby.
    There are no excuses and never will when it comes to terminating any pregnancy.
    Abortion is the killing of an unborn child.
    That is unacceptable. Should this girl have to undergo murdering her own unborn baby, she will suffer traumatic episodes and feeling of guilt for the rest of her life.
    The judge in question is dishing out a sentence of murder as the instigator of a murderer herself for having ordered the termination of this unborn baby.
    No excuse on earth can justify the judge’s deranged decision and if her excuse are the laws of the Country, she is only kidding herself. This female judge must have a complete set of her own mental problems now that she has instigated the murder of an unborn baby.

  8. Wilma Veldman says:

    I am glad to read that this edict has been reversed. Years ago, when I was on a youth mission trip we were socializing and planning activities for adults in assisted living apartments. One woman who was mentally handicapped shared with us that she had become pregnant after being taken advantage of. With tears streaming down her face she shared how her foster parents took her to get an abortion and that she was so sad that the baby had been killed. This had happened already years before she shared with us but she was deeply still in pain over it. Not only was the baby killed but she was a hurting and grieving woman with not end in sight to her grief.

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