“The decision is wrong on so many levels, and it introduces a dangerous new development in the overreach of the power of the state over its citizens,” Bishop John Kennan
Scottish Bishop John Keenan, one of the first prelates to publicly condemn a UK court order that would have forced a disabled Catholic woman to abort her baby agianst her will, is thanking God after a UK appeal court overturned that ruling yesterday.
“Thank God the Court of Appeals has now reversed a gravely unjust situation,” the bishop told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview (read full interview below).
Only days after a UK Judge ordered that a mentally disabled woman be forced to abort her 22-week old unborn child, it was the Scottish Catholic Shepherd’s solitary voice that rung out clearly in the mother and her baby’s defense.
Justice Nathalie Lieven—known in the UK for her outspoken support of abortion rights—stated in her ruling on Friday that it was in the disabled woman’s “best interest” to abort the child while admitting that, as a judge, she was “acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion.”
Bishop Keenan of Paisley, Scotland—known for his outspoken leadership in pro-life and rosary initiatives throughout the UK, strongly disagreed.
Posting a video on social media Sunday, the Scottish Bishop encouraged UK citizens appalled at this ruling to sign a petition for the woman and her child. He led the few voices in Catholic leadership to address the outrage.
“The decision is wrong on so many levels, and it introduces a dangerous new development in the overreach of the power of the state over its citizens,” Keenan said in the video released by Right To Life UK.
“It’s a wrong decision that has to be changed, not just in the interests of this woman and her child, but in the interests of everyone who believes in choice in this country, in the interests of everyone who believes in the prerogatives and the rights of citizens over the State,” the bishop added.