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Court of Protection is asked to impose sterilisation on woman with learning disabilities

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1112
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A court decision on whether to impose a forced sterilisation on a 21 year old woman with learning disabilities has been postponed while the judge gathers more evidence on her best interests and her mental capacity to take decisions about contraception.

Named only as P, she was due to deliver her second child by caesarean section on 16 February, the day after the case went to court. Her mother, Mrs P, broke down in tears as she asked Mr Justice …

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