Sunday, April 3, 2005

Lance Salyers notes the chilling conclusion of a Dutch wrongful-life suit, where a disabled girl's parents won damages against the midwife who failed to order prenatal tests that would have prompted them to abort the child. The court ruled, "Kelly [the girl] was entitled to compensation for emotional damage because of the fact she was born. This was a predictable consequence of the midwife's mistake by which Kelly's interests as an unborn child were contravened."