UK court approves vasectomy for man who can't consent
LONDON (AP) - A British court has ruled for the first time that a man who lacked the capacity to give informed consent should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests."
The 36-year-old man, known only as DE, has an IQ of 40, lives with his parents and has a long-term girlfriend who also has severe 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 doctors and 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.