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.
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