Please go easy on the mom that said she would do this and just be thankful that you don't have to make this decision.
Depending on the particular problem with the child, it could be in their best interest. Some mental problems cause heighted sexual arrousal. Then you have to worry about the child being taken advantage of, or getting pregnant. If your child gets pregnant this is not an easy thing because they cannot always understand what is going on with their body and you risk that the mental disorder will be passed on. It would be a difficult decision, but there are good reasons to do this.
In fact, before WWII and Hitler, the US required mandatory sterilization of anyone mentally impaired. After WWII it was decided that manadatory forced sterizliation should not be allowed, but a parent still has the right to make this choice under extreme circumstances.
at 11:10 AM on Mar. 14, 2009