Published On: Sun, May 18th, 2014

British court rules 13-year-old can choose to abort her baby

A British high court judge ruled that a 13-year-old girl was mentally capable of deciding to abort her baby says a new Friday article.


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Health authorities had asked Justice Nicholas Mostyn to determine whether the girl, identified only as “A,” had the capacity to make the abortion decision herself. “This was required to ensure that doctors and hospital trusts could not be sued if they carried out the medical procedure,” National Right to Life News reported noting that the firl was already 21 weeks into her pregnancy.

The doctor who would perform the late-term abortion would have to be granted explicit permission from the court to avoid a lawsuit.

According to Charisma News, A’s grandmother noticed her bump expanding and took her for testing. When the young woman realized she was pregnant, she said that she wished to terminate because she was not ready for a child.

The girl was required to see a psychiatrist in order to determine if she able to fully understand the options available.

A mental health professional reported that the girl explained her reasoning for wanting to terminate. “…she felt that she could not cope with its continuance and it would stress her to a considerable degree,” the psychiatrist said.

“I am complete satisfied that [she] has sufficient understanding and intelligence,” Justice Nicholas Mostyn said.

Pro-life advocacy group Abort67 spokesman Andy Stephenson said, “The young girl is soon to be yet another victim of our twisted sexual system that promotes sexual activity at an ever earlier age, followed by the tax-funded death of any resulting ‘mistakes.’”

Mostyn then concluded that he was “completely satisfied’ that A had the mental capacity to decide whether to have an abortion.

Mostyn added that at present “A” intends to abort and that her family would be by her side “to assist her and support her after what is inevitably going to be an unpleasant and traumatic experience.”

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