This certainly isn't moral or "medicine".
Here is the story.
The mother of a young woman with learning difficulties who is pregnant with her second child broke down in tears as she pleaded with a high court judge to allow her daughter to be forcibly sterilised for her own protection.
The mother, known as Mrs P, told the judge that while she and her family supported her daughter, 21, and helped bring up her children, they could not make a commitment to any future babies.
Her daughter does not understand that if she falls pregnant again, the child would be taken from her and she would never see him or her again, she said.
In an unprecedented hearing – allowed in open court because of the "legitimate public interest" in the case – Mrs P said: "I tried to explain that any future babies will go to a new mum and dad ... She doesn't understand that she won't ever see them again. She says, 'I'm the mummy'. She doesn't understand they will get a new mum."
Her daughter, known as P after an order banning her identification, is due to deliver her second child by caesarean section on Wednesday. Mrs P had hoped that a judge in the court of protection would have been able to give a rulingon Tuesday that would enable her to be sterilised at the same time as the baby is born.
But Mr Justice Hedley was told that expert evidence was not yet available to allow the court to make a decision, in a case he said raised "extremely serious and important" issues.
The judge said he shared the anxiety of P's mother about further delays "and losing this opportunity". However, he added, the evidence "does not permit the determination" of the issues, "notwithstanding that P is due to be delivered tomorrow".
A preliminary hearing will now be heard in April.