Mother of six 'can be sterilised'








James GallagherBy James Gallagher
Health editor, BBC News website


Foetus

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.