The woman forced to undergo a cesarean section and give her baby up for adoption by the British High Court is speaking out and telling her side of the story. As it turns out, she was allowed limited contact with the infant until she was nine months old and carried off to be formally adopted.
Alessandra Pacchieri, 35, who suffers from bipolar disorder made the decision to go off her medication for the safety of her unborn child. During a particularly stressful episode, she called the police to help her locate missing documents. When they showed up and learned of her mental history, they took her to a psychiatric hospital, where she was held and later ordered to undergo a C-section.
"I was freaking out," Pacchieri told the Daily Mail. "I had the feeling right away that they wanted to take my baby. I begged the doctors to let me go back to my country. I said I wanted to go to court to get it sorted out. The Essex social workers told me my daughter was going into care when she was born." Pacchieri was held for over one month before being told she would be undergoing a C-section by order of the High Court. more >>
Television host and journalist Martin Bashir has resigned from his MSNBC show after reflecting on his highly controversial comments made about former GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, adding that he "deeply regrets" what he said.
"Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments," Bashir said on Wednesday in an email posted on Mediaite.
"I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast." more >>
Landry Thompson, 13, and her legal guardians were all taken into custody in Houston after falling asleep in their vehicle. Many believe that race played a factor in the arrest of Thompson's legal guardians, who are black, while Thompson is white. Thompson and her two legal guardians, Emmanuel Hurd and Josiah Kelly, stopped off at a gas station to figure out how to get back to a hotel after a series of dance classes in Houston.
"We were on the GPS trying to figure out where the hotel was, and we sat there and we dozed off," Thompson told KHOU News.
The trio awoke, surrounded by police, and what happened next left them stunned. more >>
A mother is currently fighting for custody of her daughter who was forcibly taken from her via cesarean section after the High Court ordered it done. The High Court ordered the procedure for the Italian woman who was visiting Britain on a work trip because she suffered a mental breakdown.
The woman reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder and had not been taking her medication at the time of the meltdown. She called police to help her locate her missing passports, and the police, upon learning of her alleged bipolar disorder, took the woman to the hospital for evaluation. Instead of a traditional hospital, though, the police took her to a psychiatric hospital, where she was held under the Mental Health Act.
Mr. Justice Mostyn gave the order "for the birth to be enforced by way of cesarean section," and then the baby girl was taken into the custody of Essex social workers. Now a family is close to adopting the 15-month-old girl, and her biological mother is protesting and asking for her to be returned to her family. more >>
A Pew Research Center survey on end-of-life decisions has found big differences among Americans, with most white mainline Protestants indicating they would like all treatments stopped so they could die when faced of a terminal disease and great pain, while most black Protestants would want everything to be done to save their lives.
The poll, conducted between March 21 to April 8, 2013 among 1,994 adults with a margin of error plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, found that of all adults, 57 percent would want all treatments stopped in a hopeless situation in which they were in a lot of pain, with 35 percent preferring doctors do everything possible to keep fighting for their lives.
However, if the incurable disease simply made it hard for them to function in day-to-day life, respondents to the poll were split right down the middle – 46 percent said they would prefer treatments stopped, another 46 percent said they would want efforts to continue, while 9 percent were not sure. more >>
Three students at San Jose State University have been charged with a hate crime after reportedly antagonizing their roommate with signs of slavery and the Nazi regime. The student, who is Christian, stated that he hoped things would improve with time, but when they didn't, he finally spoke up about what was happening. The three students now face up to a year in prison for their crime.
According to Mercury News, which broke the story, the young man, whose name has not been released to the press, was tormented since moving into the dorm suite in August. Three students: Logan Beaschler, Joseph Bomgardner, and Colin Warren are all charged with misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges against their roommate and face up to one year in prison if found guilty.
During a routine visit, the victim's parents noticed a Confederate flag draped in the living room of the suite and the "N-word" written on a dry-erase board. It was later discovered that two campus residential assistants knew about the Confederate flag and asked that it be removed from one of the student's windows, which is how it came to be draped inside the living room. No follow-up was ever recorded, though, and the flag remained in the suite. more >>