Dating a mentally challenged person
These conditions can lead the child to a life of illness, poverty, crime, and self-destruction.
In some situations, a judge can assign a conservator—generally a family member—who can give permission for drugs to be administered to that patient; however, clinicians can still not give medications against the patient’s will.
Secondly, many hospitals no longer perform abortions, leaving this procedure to outside clinics.
Therefore, provided the patient desires an abortion she must actually take the initiative to go to the clinic and have the procedure performed on her own. Thirdly, restrictions on how late in the pregnancy an abortion can be performed means that if the patient is hospitalized too far into the pregnancy there would be nothing that the hospital could do for her anyway.
It is difficult to find hard numbers on the number of children born from chronic mentally ill mothers; however, in 2014 a study of the teen pregnancy rates among Canadian girls with major psychiatric disorders (bipolar, severe depression, psychotic disorders) was found to be three times higher than the average population.
Furthermore, the study found that such girls were more likely to have more children following the birth of their first; “Services focused on counseling girls who already have delivered one child may also be important because the rates of multiple births are higher among those with major mental illness.” The authors of this study note that—to their knowledge—it was the first of its kind, which means that in spite of constant public outcry for increased mental health care the implications of business as usual are not being studied in depth.