Skip to comments.State Department of Health defends seeking forced abortion for mentally ill woman
Posted on 01/20/2012 2:56:54 PM PST by Morgana
BOSTON, January 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) After news broke this week that the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) was seeking to force a mentally ill woman to abort her child, the state agency has dug in its heels in the face of widespread outrage, defending its decision in a statement to the Boston Herald this week.
The DMH had filed a petition to have the parents of a 32-year-old mentally ill woman appointed as the womans temporary guardians for the purpose of forcing her to have an abortion.
The woman, who is identified in court documents under the pseudonym Mary Moe, suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. According to court documents, she had a psychotic breakdown after a previous abortion and believed people were staring at her and stating that she killed her baby. She is also the mother of a son, born after the abortion, who is in the custody of her parents.
Despite the apparent link between the previous abortion and Moes mental illness, DMH Commissioner Barbara Leadholm told the Herald the Department believed that a second abortion would be in the patients best interest.
The Department conveyed the request of health-care providers and the parents wishes in order to ensure the safety of a patient with severe mental illness, Leadholm said.
Norfolk Probate and Family Court Judge Christina L. Harms had ruled in favor of the Departments petition, ordering not only an abortion but a forced sterilization.
Harms claimed in her ruling that Moe would chose the abortion if she were mentally competent, effectively disregarding the findings of a court-appointed guardian ad litem (GAL), who concluded that Moe would have refused an abortion even if mentally sound. The GALs conclusion was based in part on Moes statements that she was very Catholic, and would never have an abortion.
Earlier this week, an appellate court overruled the forced sterilization, noting that it had not been requested by any party, and appeared to have been produced . . . out of thin air by Harms.
The appellate court also vacated or set aside Harms ruling on the abortion, remanding it to another court for an evidentiary inquiry, to determine whether Moe would or would not want an abortion if she was mentally competent.
George Bernard Shaw would be so proud of MA.
Now is the crap called MSM going to report this and tell the country that in MA they want and think they should be more like China and force women to kill babies and force them to be sterilized
Lord please forgive this nation its evil. As You offered to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if 10 good men could be found there, please do not withhold Your blessing, as there are millions of righteous souls here who are fighting to excise this evil from our midst, in Your Holy Name. Please give us time, strength and continue to bless this nation.
So forced murder begins. America is done for if this happens. This is just the beginning of the rule of the culture of death.
My God — the left is just bloodthirsty, aren’t they.
Ghouls and demons, all of them.
This will interest you.
So a Judge just decided to forcefully sterilize an American citizen even though no one asked her to?
What a wonderful place MA is.