In New Zealand:
parents of a child with spina bifida could receive an ACC payout after successfully arguing they were denied the chance to abort their daughter.
Doctors missed signs of the defect in the foetus during a 20-week scan.
The couple said they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known the daughter, who was born in 2007, had spina bifida.
In a decision released today, the Court of Appeal ruled that the couple, who have name suppression, suffered a personal injury because of the misdiagnosis.
The case would now return to the district court.
The mother claims that, “In no way are we saying we don’t want her now.” But they are effectively saying that they regret the fact that she is alive, that they weren’t given a chance to kill her. Gross. This ruling is not a victory for anyone; it is very much a loss for all mankind.
Though it comes in varying degrees, some cases more severe than others, Spina bifida, by and large, is a very livable condition. My first roommate in rehab after my accident was a young woman with spina bifida. She was the happiest, most full of life chick I’ve ever met and her love for life influenced me greatly, helping me more easily adjust to life with a major disability.
Spina bifida should not be a death sentence for anyone — in or out of the womb. These “wrongful birth” lawsuits make me sick — almost as sick as the eugenic abortions, themselves.
[editor's note: the little girl in this photo is not the little girl who's parents are involved in this awful lawsuit. Just an image of a child with spina bifida I found on Google.]