The English Court of Protection is considering a request made by a team of doctors to allow a coerced abortion, in this case the doctors are seeking the legal right to kill the baby of a woman they have categorized as ’mentally disabled’. Clearly the doctors have made this request to the Court of Protection because the mother has expressed her right to keep her baby. The doctors are arguing that this mother is unfit to make that decision for herself.
The Daily Telegraph and LifeSitenews report:
‘The woman, whose name has been withheld, has sickle cell disease, and she has already suffered from multiple strokes due to the condition. Her doctors think that allowing the woman’s pregnancy to continue may cause further complications and could potentially endanger her life.
The doctors argue that forcibly aborting the woman’s child without her consent is necessary because in their judgement the woman has a “significant learning impairment.”
The woman, whose name has been withheld, has sickle cell disease, and she has already suffered from multiple strokes due to the condition. Her doctors think that allowing the woman’s pregnancy to continue may cause further complications and could potentially endanger her life.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited condition in which the red blood cells which supply oxygen to the body develop abnormally. The blockages, which can last for weeks at a time, can cause anaemia which leaves patients tired and breathless. In more severe cases, they can cause severe breathing problems and strokes.
Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, said it is a “complete mockery of justice” that any court could have the power to force doctors to kill a woman’s unborn child.
“Judges and lawmakers around the world have exercised the power to create and uphold the legal ‘choice’ for women to kill their babies through abortion for decades,” Fr. Boquet said. “We shouldn’t be surprised that those in power would also force mothers to kill their children ‘for their own good.’ This is not the first time the ‘choice’ to abort a child has evolved into a requirement that a child be aborted.”
“When the dignity of human life is not respected and upheld for all people at all times, the assaults on the innocent multiply,” he said.
Protect the Pope comment: This week the Court of Protection is being asked to consider allowing a crime against humanity. Obviously this mother wants to keep her child, against the wishes of her doctors. These same doctors want to forcibly kill her baby because she has a medical condition that ‘may’, ‘potentially’ cause medical complications if the pregnancy continues.
If the Court accepts the doctors argument then this mother will have to be restrained and sedated in order to allow the doctors to rip the living baby from her womb. The UK allows abortion on demand based on evidence of ‘mental distress’, but in this case the doctors are obviously ignoring the mental distress of the mother in their determination to dismiss her wishes and kill her baby.
The implications of this case are also appalling because if the judge allows the forcible abortion of this mother’s baby then it will establish the legal precedent that will encourage other ‘doctors’ to seek to forcibly abort the babies of mothers they judge ‘mentally incompetent’. This is monstrous to contemplate.