In the video below Ezra Levant talks to George Igler of the British think tank Discourse about the young Italian woman in the UK whose baby was taken from her womb without her knowledge or consent. The mother, who is said to be bipolar, had some sort of breakdown. While she was in extremis she was sedated and the baby was removed by cesarean section. The child was taken into care, and more than a year later has never been given into the mother’s custody. Recent media stories about the case have caused an international sensation.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
Below are two media reports about the incident. First, from The Daily Mail (hat tip JD):
Social services forcibly removed a pregnant woman’s unborn baby by caesarean section and put it up for adoption after obtaining a high court order on the grounds the mother had suffered a mental breakdown.
Essex council obtained an order allowing them to sedate the woman against her will before taking her daughter and placing it into care.
The Italian woman, who was in Britain on a work training course, claims she had not even been warned that she would be given a caesarean. It is not believed a natural birth would have posed a risk to her or the child’s health.
Social workers argue they were acting in the best interests of the baby, who is now 15 months old, and are refusing to hand her back to the mother despite claims that she has made a complete recovery, The Sunday Telegraph reports.
And from ANSA (hat tip Insubria):
Italian Woman Fights for Baby Seized by British Authorities
Claims she was sedated and forced into caesarean section
(ANSA) — London, December 2 — An Italian woman whose baby was removed by caesarean section and taken into care by British social services is struggling to regain custody of the child, according to media reports.
The case has made sensational headlines after it was reported by Britain’s Sunday Telegraph that the woman, who already has two children, was visiting Britain 18 months ago when she had a panic attack and says she was forced to deliver and give up her baby.
The newspaper reported that British social workers obtained a court order that allowed them to take the baby from the womb of the mother, who has a bipolar condition but had not been taking her medication because of the pregnancy.
Police contacted the woman’s mother in Italy who explained her daughter’s condition, according to reports.
They then took her to a psychiatric hospital where, five weeks later, she said she was sedated and the baby was taken from her.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, returned to Italy and is now fighting for custody of her 15-month-old daughter.