Thursday, January 19, 2012

Court Strikes Decision for Mentally Ill Woman's Abortion

See this article by that title from the Boston Globe.  It begins:
Earlier this month, a Norfolk probate judge declared a pregnant woman with schizophrenia incompetent and ordered her to undergo an abortion, stating she could be “coaxed, bribed, or even enticed’’ into the hospital for the procedure. 
Unbidden, the judge further directed that the 32-year-old woman be sterilized “to avoid this painful situation from recurring in the future.’’ 
Yesterday, the state’s appeals court struck down the decision in unusually harsh terms, saying the woman had clearly expressed her opposition to abortion as a Catholic.
As the probate court's actions in this case demonstrate, abuses like the ones folks are now discussing in North Carolina are, sadly, still with us.


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