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A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.

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.

The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as "unprecedented".

My first thought?

"It's nice to see it's not just White American men who are patriarchal shitheads."

Overview and original article from The Telegraph.

ETA #1 - the necessary gif:


ETA #2 - Thanks to pistachio for telling me this was on the mainpage. I didn't find it there, but just from surfing the news, catching up after family visitation this weekend.

ETA #3 - I am a Yankee who is unaware of the differences between British media. So I didn't know that The Telegraph is, apparently, very right wing. So we may have to take this with a grain of salt. Thanks to sidthcat1 for enlightening me.

This quote is from Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty, a human rights/civil liberties organization in the UK:

"Please God there's more to this, but at first blush this is dystopian science-fiction unworthy of a democracy like ours. Forced surgery and separation of mother and infant is the stuff of nightmares that those responsible will struggle to defend in courts of law and decency."


Obviously there is more to come here, and we probably don't have the full story.

Also, a link to the BBC coverage of the story, also courtesy of sidthcat1.

ETA #4 - Also courtesy of sidthcat1 - Christopher Booker, the author of the story for the Telegraph appears to be right up there with Richard Cohen or Rush Limbaugh as far as his relations to facts go. As most media outlets are pretty much covering Booker's story and not the actual story at the moment, we definitely need to find out more.