LONDON (AP) — A British court has ruled for the first time that a man with learning disabilities should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests."
The 37-year-old man, known only as DE, lives with his parents and has a long-term girlfriend who also has learning disabilities. In 2009, DE's girlfriend became pregnant and had a child. According to Friday's court ruling, DE insisted he did not want any more children.
His parents applied to the court for the vasectomy since DE doesn't have the mental capacity to agree. The judge ruled that it was "overwhelmingly in DE's best interests" to have the procedure. Experts said DE was able to consent to a sexual relationship and that a vasectomy would give him a measure of independence.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.