Mental capacity, mental illness and pregnancy – Miss B and the “bipolar abortion” case

29 May

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Some thoughts (here, here & here) on the recent case of Miss B, a woman in  her 30s with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder who was sectioned to prevent her from exercising her reproductive health choices. She had to go to court and reveal the most personal details of her psychiatric and gynaecological health, as well as her sexual history, in order to be able to do so. In the end, just a few days before the legal time limit for abortion, the judge in the case came down very clearly on the side of mental capacity.

It’s all set out in the tweets (including conversations with a psychiatrist and a Mental Capacity Act trainer, as well as a woman of reproductive age with a bipolar diagnosis). I may put it into written form but here it is for now. It’s something that I and a lot of women of reproductive age feel strongly about.

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