Appeals Court Strikes Mandated Abortion For Mentally Ill Woman

A judge’s order that a pregnant woman with a schizophrenia diagonosis have an abortion and be sterilized was struck down by Massachusetts’ appeals court “in unusually harsh terms.” In a case with echoes to the the eugenics era in the first half of the 20th century, when more than 45,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized, the appeals court in this case declared reproductive rights to be so fundamental that the the person’s choices must be honored.
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