Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
If you are not absolutely terrified and outraged by this you are wrong. The precedent this sets put every person on earth in danger.
oh my god read the article this is FUCKING HORRIFIC. she got back on her bipolar disorder medication and is in recovery but they won’t give her her child back “because of the risk she might relapse”. What you’re fucking saying with that is that mentally ill people shouldn’t even be allowed children even if they’re safe and well *just in case*, that we’re a permanent threat to ourselves and others even when we’re in treatment and recovery and living a stable life. I am FUCKING LIVID
Over a fucking panic attack. I’m fucking serious, all of this over a single panic attack. They took her baby in the most horrific way possible because she had a fucking panic attack.
From the Article:
She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.
It’s worth noting, that it’s very common for people on psychiatric medication to go off of their meds if they become pregnant, because of risk of side effects.
I bolded the above. I wanted there to be no one to think that she was being irresponsible for not haven taken her meds regularly. She did it for good reason, for the health of her own baby. And she got punished for it.
i fucking cant
So she did what was best for her kid, has ONE SINGLE PANIC ATTACK WHICH IS A THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE WHETHER THEY HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS OR NOT and decide that they can literally violate her body in a horrific manner and take her kid away. But she’s the dangerous one.
Terribly sad. I hope this gets worked out in her benefit.
I can’t even imagine how terrifyingly awful that situation had to have been. Forcing a woman, against her will, to undergo sedation and then waking up in pain, without the fetus you’ve been carrying for 9 months? That’s beyond the pale. How much do the rights of an unborn fetus circumvent the rights of a full-grown adult? How much do we have to other the mentally ill, treating them (us) as less than human? She was literally treated like a breeding animal, with no cause of concern for her safety, mental health or well-being. Fuck. Fuck.
This is literally the stuff that horror movies are made of.
When K was relating this story to me, I couldn’t believe it until I read the article for myself. Have we really gotten to the point that a woman who, even just from the stress of being pregnant, has a panic attack can legally have her baby ripped out of her body and be thrown into a mental institution? Did we slip back into the 19th century, because I don’t recall any horse-drawn buggies going by outside.
This is why we need mental health reform. This is why we need women’s rights. This is why we need to treat fellow humans like fucking humans, not livestock to be cast aside when they seem a little “off.”
The world just got a little more terrifying for those of us with mental illness.
Welp fuck, there goes my chances of having a baby ever. I get panic attacks, hormones will probably set off more panic attacks during pregnancy.
This is completely unreal. I can’t anymore, you don’t fucking force someone to give up their child like that, for something so little something that wouldn’t even hurt the child.
Obviously it wasn’t enough stress to induce labor, at that far along if there is enough stress the baby will come.
This has gone to far. Pregnant women no longer have any rights.
I don’t reblog stuff like this often but HOLY FUCK WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?
Jesus christ! My mom has bi-polar and she had a manic episode when I was a kid but you know what happened? She went to the hospital, and I was taken care of by a family friend for 2 months.
It’s not that fucking hard.
The fact that they said they wont give the baby back in fear of RELAPSE is complete and utter bullshit. So what if she has a relapse in to a manic episode? She can go to the hospital and the child can be taken care of by her family while she’s there.
Unless she was literally endangering the baby and threatening to kill it during her panic attack, there is literally 0 reason for this shit to be acceptable at all.
The woman is clearly a responsible mother, she didn’t take her medication for the SAFETY OF HER CHILD, she called for help when she was having a breakdown as opposed to denying any sort of help, and sure maybe she had a bit of misjudgement when she demanded to be taken back to her hotel and I can understand them refusing to do that if she was unstable, but fucking stealing her baby right out of her stomach against her knowledge or will is just sick and disgusting.
Shame on you, Social Services.
You’re not serving anyone right now, you’re just ruining someone’s life and treating the mentally ill as less than cattle at this point.
You have no idea how terribly they treated my mother for being bi-polar when I was a baby. They tried to take me away from her forcibly and she had to fight in court for a long time to get me back, and she was treated like a criminal simply because she was mentally ill and that has always upset me.
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