Re DD (No.4) (Sterilisation)

Sterilisation – Mentally handicapped person. The proceedings concerned DD, a 36-year-old woman with autistic spectrum disorder and mild to borderline leaning disability, who had six children all being raised by permanent substitute carers. The Court of Protection held that she lacked capacity to litigate, and to make the critical decision about contraception and sterilisation. Having weighed the relevant considerations, it held that laparoscopic sterilisation was in DD's best interests and authorised the applicants to undertake that procedure. It further permitted forcible entry into DD's home, and the withholding of the date of the procedure from her and her partner.

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