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Woman with IQ of 70 should be sterilised for her own safety, court rules

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 06 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h728
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A mother of six with an IQ of 70 and an “extraordinary, tragic, and complex” obstetric history should be sterilised for her own safety, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Cobb held that the 36 year old, DD, who has an autistic spectrum disorder, lacked the capacity to decide for herself and should be sterilised rather than have an intrauterine device …

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