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MP John Hemming, chairman of an advocacy group called Justice for Families, tabled a motion in the House of Commons relating to “failures of Essex County Council in terms of communication with foreign institution” and asked why there had been no attempt to allow the father, a Sengalese man living in Italy, to participate in the case. (via Baby forcibly removed by c-section from Italian mother visiting Britain ‘the stuff of Hitler’s regime’ | National Post)
An Italian woman whose baby was forcibly removed by cesarean section and put up for adoption in Britain says she is “suffering like an animal” and wants to be reunited with her daughter.
The woman, known as A for legal reasons, gave her first public account of how she was declared mentally incompetent, sedated and had her baby taken from her after she suffered a breakdown on a trip to Britain.
Tuesday the woman’s lawyer described what had happened as “the stuff of Hitler’s regime,” while the woman said doctors operated without warning.
“The day of the delivery I thought they were moving me from one room to another, while I was saying I wanted to return to Italy,” she told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
“Then I was sedated. And when I woke up she was no longer there. They had taken her. They forced me to do the cesarean without telling me anything.”
The woman, who was in Britain for a training course, was taken ill while pregnant. She was then detained under the Mental Health Act and the operation was carried out after the health authority obtained an order from the Court of Protection.
Essex County Council said the decision was in the woman’s best interests because she had bipolar disorder. A judge ruled the child, known as P, should be put up for adoption in Britain.
Stefano Oliva, her lawyer, said, “To snatch children from their own family has happened in history, under other regimes in which there was no democracy – think of the Hitler Youth.”
Maria Edera Spadoni, an Italian MP, said, “It is something unbelievable that an Italian woman would be put under medication and when she wakes up she didn’t have a baby.”
The British charity Bipolar UK also called the forced C-section and the continued separation of mother and child “unprecedented.”

MP John Hemming, chairman of an advocacy group called Justice for Families, tabled a motion in the House of Commons relating to “failures of Essex County Council in terms of communication with foreign institution” and asked why there had been no attempt to allow the father, a Sengalese man living in Italy, to participate in the case. (via Baby forcibly removed by c-section from Italian mother visiting Britain ‘the stuff of Hitler’s regime’ | National Post)

  • An Italian woman whose baby was forcibly removed by cesarean section and put up for adoption in Britain says she is “suffering like an animal” and wants to be reunited with her daughter.
  • The woman, known as A for legal reasons, gave her first public account of how she was declared mentally incompetent, sedated and had her baby taken from her after she suffered a breakdown on a trip to Britain.
  • Tuesday the woman’s lawyer described what had happened as “the stuff of Hitler’s regime,” while the woman said doctors operated without warning.
  • “The day of the delivery I thought they were moving me from one room to another, while I was saying I wanted to return to Italy,” she told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
  • “Then I was sedated. And when I woke up she was no longer there. They had taken her. They forced me to do the cesarean without telling me anything.”
  • The woman, who was in Britain for a training course, was taken ill while pregnant. She was then detained under the Mental Health Act and the operation was carried out after the health authority obtained an order from the Court of Protection.
  • Essex County Council said the decision was in the woman’s best interests because she had bipolar disorder. A judge ruled the child, known as P, should be put up for adoption in Britain.
  • Stefano Oliva, her lawyer, said, “To snatch children from their own family has happened in history, under other regimes in which there was no democracy – think of the Hitler Youth.”
  • Maria Edera Spadoni, an Italian MP, said, “It is something unbelievable that an Italian woman would be put under medication and when she wakes up she didn’t have a baby.”
  • The British charity Bipolar UK also called the forced C-section and the continued separation of mother and child “unprecedented.”
Alicia Beltran cried with fear and disbelief when county sheriffs surrounded her home on July 18 and took her in handcuffs to a holding cell. (via Case Explores Rights of Fetus Versus Mother - NYTimes.com)
She was 14 weeks pregnant and thought she had done the right thing when, at a prenatal checkup, she described a pill addiction the previous year and said she had ended it on her own — something later verified by a urine test. But now an apparently skeptical doctor and a social worker accused her of endangering her unborn child because she had refused to accept their order to start on an anti-addiction drug.
Ms. Beltran, 28, was taken in shackles before a family court commissioner who, she says, brushed aside her pleas for a lawyer. To her astonishment, the court had already appointed a legal guardian for the fetus.
“I didn’t know unborn children had lawyers,” recalled Ms. Beltran, now six months pregnant, after returning to her home north of Milwaukee from a court-ordered 78-day stay at a drug treatment center. “I said, ‘Where’s my lawyer?’ ”
Under a Wisconsin law known as the “cocaine mom” act when it was adopted in 1998, child-welfare authorities can forcibly confine a pregnant woman who uses illegal drugs or alcohol “to a severe degree,” and who refuses to accept treatment.
Now, with Ms. Beltran’s detention as Exhibit A, that law is being challenged as unconstitutional in a federal suit filed this month, the first in federal court to challenge this kind of fetal protection law. Its opponents are hoping to set an important precedent in the continuing tug of war over the rights of pregnant women and legal status of the unborn.
Wisconsin is one of four states, along with Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, with laws specifically granting authorities the power to confine pregnant women for substance abuse. But many other states use civil-confinement, child-protection or assorted criminal laws to force women into treatment programs or punish them for taking drugs.
Fuckin’ morons!

Alicia Beltran cried with fear and disbelief when county sheriffs surrounded her home on July 18 and took her in handcuffs to a holding cell. (via Case Explores Rights of Fetus Versus Mother - NYTimes.com)

  • She was 14 weeks pregnant and thought she had done the right thing when, at a prenatal checkup, she described a pill addiction the previous year and said she had ended it on her own — something later verified by a urine test. But now an apparently skeptical doctor and a social worker accused her of endangering her unborn child because she had refused to accept their order to start on an anti-addiction drug.
  • Ms. Beltran, 28, was taken in shackles before a family court commissioner who, she says, brushed aside her pleas for a lawyer. To her astonishment, the court had already appointed a legal guardian for the fetus.
  • “I didn’t know unborn children had lawyers,” recalled Ms. Beltran, now six months pregnant, after returning to her home north of Milwaukee from a court-ordered 78-day stay at a drug treatment center. “I said, ‘Where’s my lawyer?’ ”
  • Under a Wisconsin law known as the “cocaine mom” act when it was adopted in 1998, child-welfare authorities can forcibly confine a pregnant woman who uses illegal drugs or alcohol “to a severe degree,” and who refuses to accept treatment.
  • Now, with Ms. Beltran’s detention as Exhibit A, that law is being challenged as unconstitutional in a federal suit filed this month, the first in federal court to challenge this kind of fetal protection law. Its opponents are hoping to set an important precedent in the continuing tug of war over the rights of pregnant women and legal status of the unborn.
  • Wisconsin is one of four states, along with Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, with laws specifically granting authorities the power to confine pregnant women for substance abuse. But many other states use civil-confinement, child-protection or assorted criminal laws to force women into treatment programs or punish them for taking drugs.
Fuckin’ morons!
Women in China are only allowed to have one child due to the out-of-control population. The way the government enforced that law in the case of 33-year-old Liu Xinwen demonstrates a gross violation of human rights. Xinwen was six months pregnant when Chinese officials entered her home, pulled her from her bed and took her to the hospital, where doctors aborted her fetus via a miscarriage-inducing injection. Xinwen already had one son, who would have had a younger brother had the assault not happened. (via Chinese Mother Kidnapped, Forced to Abort Baby Six Months into Pregnancy)
Parents who break the one-child rule in China, which was enacted in 1979, are supposed to be faced with a fine. Some provinces, however, go to extremes to enforce the law, as in Xinwen’s situation. Her abductors were from the Shandong Province Family Planning Commission.
He described the scene at the hospital to Sky News. “My wife was lying in bed. I asked her: ‘Have you been injected?’ She said ‘yes.’ I asked if the baby was still moving. She said ‘not much.’ After that, I didn’t want my wife to see my crying. I went outside.”
The pregnancy was accidental, as Xinwen had a contraceptive device inserted after her first son was born. She was unaware of her condition until the fetus was 4 months old, and she and her husband tried to conceal the pregnancy in hopes of paying a fine after birth rather than enduring a forced abortion.

Women in China are only allowed to have one child due to the out-of-control population. The way the government enforced that law in the case of 33-year-old Liu Xinwen demonstrates a gross violation of human rights. Xinwen was six months pregnant when Chinese officials entered her home, pulled her from her bed and took her to the hospital, where doctors aborted her fetus via a miscarriage-inducing injection. Xinwen already had one son, who would have had a younger brother had the assault not happened. (via Chinese Mother Kidnapped, Forced to Abort Baby Six Months into Pregnancy)

  • Parents who break the one-child rule in China, which was enacted in 1979, are supposed to be faced with a fine. Some provinces, however, go to extremes to enforce the law, as in Xinwen’s situation. Her abductors were from the Shandong Province Family Planning Commission.
  • He described the scene at the hospital to Sky News. “My wife was lying in bed. I asked her: ‘Have you been injected?’ She said ‘yes.’ I asked if the baby was still moving. She said ‘not much.’ After that, I didn’t want my wife to see my crying. I went outside.”
  • The pregnancy was accidental, as Xinwen had a contraceptive device inserted after her first son was born. She was unaware of her condition until the fetus was 4 months old, and she and her husband tried to conceal the pregnancy in hopes of paying a fine after birth rather than enduring a forced abortion.