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LONDON — A Court of Appeal in the United Kingdom has overturned a lower court ruling that would have required a woman with mental disabilities to obtain an abortion against her wishes. The woman’s mother has said that she will primarily care for the child.
The woman, who is in her 20s and whose name has not been made public, is more than 20 weeks pregnant and reportedly has the mental capacity of a six to nine-year old. She also is stated to struggle with a mood disorder.
The National Health Service (NHS) had been providing care for the woman, and had asked the courts to allow doctors to perform an abortion. The specialists had argued in favor of the termination, the BBC reports.
The woman and her mother, however, wanted to keep the child. Her mother was a former midwife and had said that she would care for the baby. A social worker also sided with allowing the baby to be born.
However, Justice Nathalie Lieven of the Court of Protection issued a decision last week stating that it would be in the “best interest” of the “heartbreaking” case for the woman to obtain an abortion.
“I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll,” she opined.
Lieven stated that it she is “acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a
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