Young Irish girl who asked for an abortion is SECTIONED after her psychiatrist ruled it was ‘not the solution’ to her problem
- Pregnant youngster was deemed at risk of suicide by her doctor and sectioned
- Girl thought she was being transferred for abortion but was taken to unit
- Second doctor ruled that there was ‘no evidence of a psychological disorder’
- Girl’s psychiatrist been accused of forcing her to continue the pregnancy ‘because of their own personal beliefs’
A pregnant young girl who asked for an abortion was sectioned after her psychiatrist ruled that it was ‘not the solution’ to her problems, it has been revealed.
The Irish youngster – who was said to have had ‘very strong views’ about the termination – was deemed to be at risk of suicide as a result of the pregnancy and was held under the Mental Health Act.
She thought she was being transferred to Dublin for an abortion but was instead taken to a psychiatric unit.
Now the doctor has been accused of forcing the girl to continue the pregnancy ‘because of their own personal beliefs’ by abortion campaigners.
The case is one of 22 revealed in a damning report published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project.
The case is one of 22 revealed in a damning report published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project (stock photo)
In a detention application to the courts, the girl’s psychiatrist reported a suicide risk and said it ‘could be managed by treatment and that termination of pregnancy was not the solution for all the child’s problems at this stage’.
But just days after she was committed to hospital, a second doctor ruled that there was ‘no evidence of a psychological disorder’ in the youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The medic wrote: ‘As the young girl did not have a mental illness she could not be detained under the Mental Heath Act.
When the case went before the courts, a judge heard that while the young girl was ‘agitated and angry’ after being admitted to the unit ‘she did not suffer from an acute mental health disorder’.
The report continued: ‘The consultant adolescent psychiatrist said that there was an initial concern of self-harm and that she was very distressed to find out about the pregnancy.’
The girl thought she was being transferred to Dublin for an abortion but was instead taken to a psychiatric unit (stock photo)
The girl was discharged following the hearing but the Abortion Rights Campaign has said it is ‘deeply concerned’ by the case.
The group’s spokeswoman Linda Kavanagh said: ‘Looking at the report, it’s hard not to think that the psychiatrist in this case essentially used the Mental Health Act as a tool to force a child into continuing an unwanted pregnancy because of their own personal beliefs.
‘It is clear we need some process which ensures medical professionals with such conscientious objections cannot block timely health care in critical cases.
‘The report from the Child Care Law Reporting Project says that the girl and her mother thought she was being transferred to Dublin for an abortion and was instead detained.
‘This is a grave breach of trust of a vulnerable young girl and echos the treatment of Ms Y in 2013 who was also detained and lead to believe on several occasions she was getting the abortion she so desperately needed.’