Pro-life Americans Celebrate as U.K. Forced Abortion Ruling Overturned on Appeal

June 24, 2019
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SBA List Condemns Previous Court Order as ‘Monstrous Injustice,’ Praises Sen. Rubio’s Pro-life Leadership

Washington, D.C. – Today the English Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that would have forced an abortion on a young woman of Nigerian descent who has disabilities. News outlets reported that on June 21, Justice Nathalie Lieven ordered an abortion to be performed on the woman – who is 22 weeks pregnant and under the care of an NHS trust, part of the U.K.’s National Health Service – against her will and that of her mother, the child’s grandmother.

A petition launched by Right to Life UK asking the U.K. Health Secretary to intervene gathered more than 75,000 signatures in two days.

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated the overturning of the court order and praised U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for drawing attention to the woman’s case:

“We are thankful and relieved that mother and child will be spared a monstrous injustice,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Forced abortion is a horrific violation of the human rights of both unborn children and their mothers. Justice Lieven’s order reeks of eugenics and is the type of oppression one would expect to see under a totalitarian regime, like China’s brutal state-enforced population control. Such a ruling could not occur in a vacuum – it exposes a culture of devaluation of human life and prejudice toward individuals with disabilities, right up to the most elite levels of society. The silence of the abortion lobby and their political allies on this atrocity is deafening. We thank Senator Rubio for his pro-life leadership and will never rest in our fight to end the violence of abortion.”

SBA List is a network of more than 787,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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