Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
The UK government may soon be all set to forcibly sterilize a mother of six with learning disabilities, according to shocking news reports. But don't worry, they say it's for her own good.
Social Services have requested that a judge approve of them forcibly entering her home, dragging her to the hospital, and sterilizing her. But they say it has nothing to do with eugenics. No. It's nothing like that.
Health and social services officials want the judge to declare: the woman lacks capacity to make decisions under the terms of mental capacity legislation; a "therapeutic" sterilisation is in her best interests – and authorise medics to sterilise her; to authorise her removal from her home to a hospital; to authorise deprivation of her liberty; and to authorise the use of forced entry and "necessary restraint". Mr Justice Cobb was told the woman and her partner had repeatedly refused to co-operate or engage with medical and social services staff and a legal representative.
She had said she wanted to be "left alone". The judge has seen evidence from psychiatrists, an obstetrician and gynaecologist plus social workers. Details of a number of gynaecological problems the woman had were detailed in the report. Specialists have said the issues would pose a grave risk to her health if she became pregnant again. The judge was also told professionals had faced difficulties in trying to persuade the woman to use contraception and in administering contraception. Barrister Michael Horne, who is representing the interests of the woman, said the issues raised had nothing to do with "eugenics". He said sterilisation was "therapeutic" and the most effective way of mitigating "grave risks" to the woman's health and life
I don't know everything about this but this is just flat out dangerous. And the reports I've read say things like "the woman has health problems that could be exacerbated by another pregnancy."
I don't know the particulars of this case but I know how people react to a woman who's had many pregnancies. My wife was told many times by medical personnel that she was putting her life in danger by having children. Nothing specific, you see. But they told us that a woman's body isn't made for that many pregnancies.
You see, the woman in this case has resisted advice from "professionals" to use contraception. Well, that solves it. Proof right there she needs to be sterilized. What kind of nutcase refuses contraception? Look, this woman is not mother of the year. That's for sure. And perhaps she has some health issues. And mental issues. But do we really want a government sterilizing those it believes require contraception? How many generations of idiotic policies must we endure?
HT UK Telegraph