I saw this in the news the other day and tried not to think about it any more but everyone should really know about this. Mental illness is treated VERY differently in Britain. There is much more stigma and the services available for the mentally ill are not very good.
Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
If you are not absolutely terrified and outraged by this you are wrong. The precedent this sets put every person on earth in danger.
oh my god read the article this is FUCKING HORRIFIC. she got back on her bipolar disorder medication and is in recovery but they won’t give her her child back “because of the risk she might relapse”. What you’re fucking saying with that is that mentally ill people shouldn’t even be allowed children even if they’re safe and well *just in case*, that we’re a permanent threat to ourselves and others even when we’re in treatment and recovery and living a stable life. I am FUCKING LIVID
Over a fucking panic attack. I’m fucking serious, all of this over a single panic attack. They took her baby in the most horrific way possible because she had a fucking panic attack.
From the Article:
She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.
It’s worth noting, that it’s very common for people on psychiatric medication to go off of their meds if they become pregnant, because of risk of side effects.
I bolded the above. I wanted there to be no one to think that she was being irresponsible for not haven taken her meds regularly. She did it for good reason, for the health of her own baby. And she got punished for it.
i fucking cant
So she did what was best for her kid, has ONE SINGLE PANIC ATTACK WHICH IS A THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE WHETHER THEY HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS OR NOT and decide that they can literally violate her body in a horrific manner and take her kid away. But she’s the dangerous one.
As urban freeways age and deteriorate, cities increasingly consider removing them. In a 17-page brief on Re-Thinking the Urban Freeway, the Mayors Innovation Project reports that “the time is right” for cash-strapped American cities to consider permanent removal and conversion to boulevards and parks. Freeways often occupy valuable real estate without paying taxes and are costly to maintain. They lower property values and increase blight, the report says.
Although urban freeways were welcomed in the 1950s and 1960s as economic drivers, now they are under scrutiny for interrupting street patterns, making local businesses inaccessible, worsening pollution and demaging public health. Such diverse cities as Boston, Milwaukee, New York, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, and Seoul are among those to have demolished highways – and they have discovered that pollution diminished, local roads absorbed traffic, and real estate values soared.
Note the “before and after” photos of the San Francisco waterfront. On top, see how the hideous Embarcadero Freeway, built in 1959, long blocked bay views and devalued the downtown waterfront. In the bottom photograph, see how installation of the Embarcadero boulevard promoted pedestrian movement and commercial revitalization of the Ferry Building and adjacent areas, after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake prompted removal of the elevated freeway.
You literally can’t remove the freeways in New York. The city is located right where a massive island (Long Island, which is populated with several million people) meets the mainland. If you removed them then no motorists could leave the island. Plus as someone who has driven though and around New York City countless times I can tell you that getting around would be nearly impossible and cab rides would at least quadruple in length. You need those freeways to get around. Maybe it’s a viable option in other cities but it’s just plain ridiculous to expect a city like New York to get rid of its freeways. Why would you prefer dead stop traffic through the city when freeways get people into, through and out if the city in a perfectly efficient way?
I think I’m in need of a little alone time.
I just wanted to listen to Lorde! What did I get myself into?
Oh shit almost all his autocompletes on this computer are porn related.
Fuck they’re almost all anal.
Why is the least adventurous person in bed looking at so much anal? I regret this a lot, I shouldn’t have looked.
Oh god I’m dying. I started to type YouTube into my boyfriend’s search engine the first option was “youjizz.com”
SHOW ME WHAT KIND OF PORN YOU WATCHED!!! I WANT TO SEE!!
My guess is that my travel insurance would be more likely to cover the cost of my computer if I had left it on a bus or had gone on a boat with it than if I had spilled a drink on it.
Nope they can’t fix my computer for less than 650 Swiss Francs and they won’t recover my pictures off my hard drive because apparently it’s illegal for them to handle my data. Fantastic.
lololol So yet again, just like last year, they took apart my computer and want to replace every part for 1500 Swiss francs. Why the fuck would I choose to do that when I can get a brand new one for under 1000 US dollars?? Yet again just like last year I’m having them test every single part because I’m convinced that it’s one moderately expensive part causing all my problems. Exactly like last year.
Beauty or brains?
Fuck that, it’s not a dichotomy. Let’s not act like mascara glues girls eyes so shut that they can’t read a word of Dickens or solve a trig problem. Let’s talk about how no boy has ever been asked if he’d rather get his Bachelor’s or get married; no boy has ever been told that he’s too handsome to run for office. So why cover up my tits so you can take me seriously?
Beauty or brains? I’ll take ‘em all, thanks.