June 01, 2009

Court: Mom Too Dumb to Raise Daughter

(Nottingham, England) A mother known as Rachel is fighting to keep her daughter after a court ruled that she was not "clever enough" to look after the child.

The woman, who for legal reasons can be identified only by her first name, Rachel, has been told by a family court that her daughter will be placed with adoptive parents within the next three months, and she will then be barred from further contact.

The adoption is going ahead despite the declaration by a psychiatrist that Rachel, 24, has no learning difficulties and “good literacy and numeracy and [that] her general intellectual abilities appear to be within the normal range”.

Her daughter, K, was born prematurely and officials felt Rachel lacked the intelligence to cope with her complex medical needs Baby K was released from hospital into care and is currently with a foster family. Her health has now improved to the point where she needs little or no day-to-day medical care.

Rachel is appealing to the EU Court of Human Rights.

I suggest that the ruling sets an unreasonable and dangerous precedent -- minimum intelligence requirements for parenting subjectively established by the government. Arguably, the practice is a gateway toward forced sterilization of low-IQ individuals.

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