Woman with Severe Learning Disability to Get Contraceptive Patch against Mother’s Wishes

October 27, 2017

(The Guardian) – A woman with a severe learning disability who gave birth after a suspected rape should be fitted with a contraceptive patch against the wishes of her mother, the high court has ruled. The 21-year-old woman, known in court as V, has an unspecified but severe learning disability. Her mother, referred to in court as W, argued against contraception, saying increased protective measures would be enough.  But a senior judge has ruled that the mother’s own health issues meant she was unable to give her daughter the necessary protection to prevent another assault.

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