Sex is just as important to older women, European court rules

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Sex is just as important to older women as it is to younger women, a European court has ruled.

The ruling came after a pay-out to a 50-year-old Portuguese woman was slashed by a third following a successful appeal by a hospital where botched surgery had left the patient unable to have intercourse normally.

Following the surgery in 1995 the mother-of-two claimed medical negligence had caused emotional and mental suffering due to the outcome.

However, in 2013 judges in Lisbon supported the hospital’s calls to cut the compensation and argued sex was not important to women over 50.

This week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled the Portuguese judges, two men and a woman all aged in their 50s, were guilty of “prejudices”, the Guardian reported.

It was ordered to pay €3,250 ($3,790) in damages and €2,460 for costs and expenses to Mrs Morais. 

According to the Guardian, the court ruled that the judges had “ignored the physical and psychological importance of sexuality for women’s self-fulfillment and other dimensions of women’s sexuality”. 

It said: “The decision had moreover been based on the general assumption that sexuality was not as important for a 50-year-old woman and mother of two children as for someone of a younger age. 

“In the [European] court’s view those considerations showed the prejudices prevailing in the judiciary in Portugal.”


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