#1 The environmentalist wackos who'd abort or not have their own children for the planet. Save the planet, kill yourself, I always say.
Meet the women who won't have babies - because they're not eco friendly
Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would
know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers - and a voice calling her Mummy.
But the very thought makes her shudder with horror.
Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet.
#2 The nanny state tries to take newborn babies away from mothers who've recovered from mental problems
I've fled the country to stop social workers taking my baby
Seven years ago Fran had an eating and selfharming disorder and spent 13
months in a psychiatric hospital followed by nine successful months of
Now 22, and with her emotional troubles behind her,
Fran is outraged that she should be judged a risk to herself
and her child despite a fistful of medical reports that dispute
...Fran says she was told by social services that she was in danger of
suffering from Munchausen's by Proxy, a controversial and unproven
condition in which a parent – usually the mother – invents an illness
in her child to draw attention to herself.
Apart from Dr Ward Platt's letter, there has been no other
evidence presented to Fran suggesting that she was at such risk.
...Dr Ward Platt also recommended that Fran be assessed by professionals. Social services drew up their "birth plan" without doing any of these assessments. In October, Fran was told the plan would mean that Molly would be immediately removed into care, minutes after she was born. Fran was also told she could not be trusted to breast-feed her,
...But perhaps most worrying of all is the fact that Fran's case, while
undoubtedly extreme, is also indicative of a disturbing trend.
Two thousand babies less than a year old were taken from their parents last year
by social services – three times the number of ten years ago.