Social Services Sedates and Forcibly Removes Baby from Mother’s Womb Because She Did Not Take Her Medicationby Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 2, 2013
This is the most disturbing story of parental rights abuse that I’ve ever come across. In fact, when I initially read about this case, I didn’t believe it at first due to the horribly violating and surreal nature – a storyline worthy of a slasher movie screenplay except that it is real life.
The story began in July 2012 when a pregnant Italian woman traveled to Great Britain for a two week work related training course for Ryanair at Stansted Airport in Essex.
While in the UK, the woman suffered a panic attack which was apparently related to missed medication for an existing bipolar disorder. The attack was likely triggered by the woman’s distress when she was unable to find the passports for her two daughters who were staying with her mother back in Italy while she was abroad.
The woman called police who found her on the phone with her mother when they arrived. Concerned for the unborn baby’s well being, the police told her that they were taking her to a hospital but took her to a mental facility instead. When the mother realized where she was, she requested to be returned to the airport hotel where she was staying whereupon she was forcibly retained under the Mental Health Act.