The British judges backtracked and, after having ordered the forced abortion for a 25-year-old woman with learning difficulties in the 22nd week of pregnancy, accepted the appeal presented, in her name, by the woman’s mother.

The Court of Appeal has therefore ordered that the pregnancy will not be interrupted, unlike what was established at first instance by Judge Nathalie Lieven. In a few days, the three magistrates of appeal will publish the reasons for the new sentence.

The Royal Courts of Justice, London. Editorial credit: Willy Barton / Shutterstock

In Great Britain a decision of the judicial court caused much discussion. The Guardian  who published the 25-year-old’s story, writes that doctors have determined that the future mother has the mental abilities of a child, but, despite this, she explicitly expressed a desire to carry on the pregnancy, like her mother and a social worker who follows her.

But the judge in the  Court of Protection in London, Nathalie Lieven, had determined that precisely because of the reduced ability to learn, the birth was to be avoided. “It is heartbreaking, I am absolutely aware that ordering a woman to terminate a pregnancy against what appears to be her will is a huge intrusion”, explained the judge. Not even the commitment of the future grandmother to take care of both her daughter and granddaughter was enough to convince Lieven.

John Sherrington, Catholic bishop of Westminster, commented after the first sentence: “Forcing a woman to have an abortion against her will and that of close family members violates human rights, not to mention the right to life of the unborn child. It’s sad and distressing”.