A mother-of-six with an IQ of 70 should be sterilised for her own safety, the Court of Protection has ruled.
The Court heard that a further pregnancy would be a “significantly life-threatening event” for both the mother and child.
Mr Justice Cobb said the woman had the “same human rights” as everyone else and this was not a case of “eugenics”.
He has authorised health and council services to intervene and perform the sterilisation.
The name of the woman has not been released, to protect the identify of her children.
The Court of Protection, which rules in cases when people are unable to make decisions for themselves, heard the woman has no contact with any of her six children. All are being raised by carers.
The 36-year-old’s history was described as “extraordinary, tragic, and complex”.
Two of the children were born at home in conditions described as “unhygienic and overrun…
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