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Child reported to be forcibly removed from womb

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemmings is to raise in Parliament the case of an Italian woman who, it is reported, Essex social services obtained a High Court order against to allow her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb. The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, who was in Britain for work reasons, because she had suffered a mental breakdown. The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in care.

The Telegraph reported that the woman came to Britain in July last year to attend a training course with an airline at Stansted Airport in Essex. She had a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition and was taken to a psychiatric facility and was restrained and sectioned under the Mental Health. Social services obtained a High Court order for the birth to be enforced by way of caesarean section. In February, the mother, who had gone back to Italy, returned to Britain to request the return of her daughter, but a judge ruled that the child should be placed for adoption because of the risk that the woman might suffer a relapse.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: "Essex County Council does not comment on the circumstances of ongoing individual cases involving vulnerable people and children."

Sun 1st Dec 2013