UK Social services ‘to take baby from teenager deemed too stupid to marry’

My friend Liz H. posted this story on facebook, and I couldn’t believe it.

From the UK Telegraph:

Kerry Robertson, 17, who has mild learning difficulties, has been told that she will not be allowed to bring up her own child, who she has already named Ben.

Last month Miss Robertson was prevented from marrying her fiancé Mark McDougall, 25, after council officials claimed that she “did not understand the implications of getting married”.

She has now been warned that she will only be allowed a few hours with her baby, which is due in January, before it is taken into foster care.

After hearing the news, Miss Robertson, of Dunfermline, Fife, who is 26 weeks pregnant, said: “I couldn’t believe it. I am so upset – I can’t stop crying.”

In Buck v. Bell, the United States Supreme Court upheld a statute instituting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, including the mentally retarded, “for the protection and health of the state.”

Justice Holmes famously wrote:

We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

How far is the statist culture in the UK away from actively practicing eugenics?

Who is John Galt?

4 Responses to “UK Social services ‘to take baby from teenager deemed too stupid to marry’”

  1. Phil Says:

    I read only the headline and immediately thought, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” Reading the post I see Josh thought the same thing. It’s either a case of “great minds think alike” or a disturbing sign that we both spend too much time thinking about the Supreme Court… not sure which (actually, I have an idea but I’m in denial).

  2. Joe Y Says:

    “The 3 generations of imbeciles are enough” story is much worse than is thought, as the woman in question wasn’t an imbecile at all. The wikipedia link is here:, but I warn you, it’s hard not to cry–or vomit–after reading it, or seeing OW Holmes in print ever again. (I think it’s time to remove the title “Justice” from his name.)

  3. saynsumthn Says:

    Hey Josh- great post. Reminds of me Eugenics, I just watch ed a new documentary which you may want to view called: Maafa21 It is fully documented with stunning research about eugenics and how it continues today to target minorities: view a short clip here:

  4. Brenda Alexander Says:

    This is an absolute outrage! What is this poor kid gonna do? I know CPS is corrupt and out of control but this goes way beyond that. If the English people do not stand up to this tyranny and help this poor, young woman keep her baby, then something is terribly, terribly wrong.

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