Claims that a drug-addicted Brazilian woman was subjected to forced sterilisation are sparking accusations of a nightmarish "dystopia" in a country where a leading presidential candidate has stirred controversy with his own birth control proposals.
The facts of the case not under dispute are that Janaína Aparecida Quirino, an addict with numerous children, had her tubes tied after a ruling by a judge in Mococa, near São Paulo.
But according to a report in Folha de São Paulo newspaper, the woman was homeless and the procedure was performed without her consent.
By the time the judge's ruling came to appeal at a higher court, "the mutilation had already occurred," wrote the author of the report, the constitutional law professor Oscar Vilhena Vieira.
"The family set-up was characterised by the parents' drug dependencies..., physical violence against the children by the current partner, and financial difficulties," the judge said in a statement, also denying that she was ever homeless.
According to Gomes, the woman "fully expressed consciousness and agreement with the sterilisation."
Crucial details of the case, even the dates, remain unclear. The judge's order was dated October 2017, but the sterilisation operation had to wait until the woman had given birth a last time.
Prosecutors say she did agree to the operation and some Brazilian media have published a redacted copy of what they say is a consent form signed back in 2015.
However, officials said that a psychologist's report in which Quirino again gave the green light is under seal and cannot now be verified. In addition, the woman reportedly did not have a lawyer, which, if true, would raise doubts over the validity of anything she signed.
The debate is unlikely to go away given that a frontrunner in Brazil's October presidential election, hard-right former army officer Jair Bolsonaro, has previously called for limiting births among the poor.
"Only birth control can save us from chaos," the congressman said in 2008, according to Folha de São Paulo.
Bolsonaro has long campaigned in Congress to loosen laws around sterilisation, for example by removing the requirements for the person to be over 25 and to have consent of their spouse.
One of the candidate's sons, Rio de Janeiro city councilor Carlos Bolsonaro, made a video this week to defend his father against "ridiculous" media assertions that his promotion of sterilization targeted poor people specifically.
"Jair Bolsonaro has a bill to make it easier to get tubal ligation or a vasectomy, because there are numerous bureaucratic hurdles today," he said. The presidential hopeful "wants to give this opportunity so that people can have family planning."