This judgment in long-running proceedings involving the P, a vulnerable young woman, addresses difficult issues concerning her sexual relationships and the covert insertion of a contraceptive device.
P is a young woman with learning disabilities. Concerns arose that, by reason of her learning difficulties, she was vulnerable to sexual exploitation, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). There is evidence that she was sexually assaulted and an expert reported that the police expressed concern that P should not access the community unsupervised as she appeared to be a target for exploitation and was extremely vulnerable.
The court agreed that the P has the capacity to consent to sexual relations and that it was in her best interests for the IUD , which had been inserted some years earlier without her knowledge, to remain in place until the end of its normal ten-year span. However, the court regarded it as imperative that professionals working with P keep this issue under review at all times and start planning now for ways in which further decisions about contraception can be taken in a way that includes P and respects her personal autonomy and human rights.
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