How can a court force a Catholic woman to abort her child?

Jun 24, 2019 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel Gabriel, on hearing she was pregnant and not fully understanding.

“O, if you don’t fully understand what it means, better to have an abortion,” said the Judge in the Sanhedrin.

“But I want my baby,” objected Mary, who had the mental age of about 12 years old.

“Yes, but you don’t fully understand, do you?” the Judge insisted. “I think you would like to have a baby in the same way you would like to have a nice doll.”

“O, that isn’t so at all,” interjected Anne, Mary’s mother. “My daughter may not fully understand what having a baby means, but I’ll be there to help her raise it, and so will Joachim, my husband, her father, the baby’s grandfather. I am the baby’s grandmother. I understand what having a baby means. I want to see my grandchild,” she pleaded, with tears in her eyes.

“Yes, yes, it is a bit difficult” the Judge answered wearily. “I am mindful that this is a slight intrusion, but I have to act in Mary’s best interests and consider the risks posed by her psychological limitations. She is just a child, with the mental understanding of a child. If her baby lives with its grandparents, Mary might have to leave her home. The baby might also have to live with foster carers or be placed for adoption.”

“O, no, not at all,” replied Anne. “The baby is very much wanted and loved. I have felt it kicking in my daughter’s womb. It is part of me, part of us, a member of my family. My daughter may not fully understand — ”

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