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A jury in West Palm Beach has awarded $4.5 million to a couple who complained that they were denied the opportunity to abort their disabled child. If only the doctors and technicians had properly administered the prenatal ultrasounds so as to disclose the child’s disabilities the couple said they would have terminated the pregnancy. Thus, the parents sued under the tort of “wrongful birth,” i.e. the birth of the a child is an “injury” to the parents. (ht: Overlawyered)
I can understand the parents’ anger at the doctors. And perhaps this lawsuit offered them the best tactic to get money to care for their son. So I don’t want to condemn the parents. But the very existence of a tort of wrongful birth is revolting.