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Good News Kid, We're Rich. You May Not Want to Know Why

I'd have to imagine at least some of the people filing "wrongful life" lawsuits don't really mean it. They just see a cash cow that could be milked and they know that providing for a special needs child is expensive. And maybe they figure that the child will never know that they sued for "wrongful life" or that they're saying in court documents they would've killed them in the womb if they'd known they had special needs.

That's about the best spin I can put on it.

LifeNews.com reports:

Parents Brock and Rhea Wuth were awarded $50 million by a Washington jury for the “wrongful birth” of their five-year-old son, Oliver. Oliver was born with an “unbalanced chromosome translocation,” a genetic defect that affects the little boy mentally and physically.

He is unable to run, walk up stairs, or speak more than a few dozen words. The Wuths’ attorney states that Oliver will need “24/7 care for the rest of his life.”

Oliver’s parents won their suit against Valley Medical Center and Laboratory Corporation of America. The companies were found dually liable in missing Oliver’s condition before birth.
So the good news kiddo is that we're rich. But please don't ask how we got that way.

I think that even if people are doing this kind of thing with the intention of providing for the child, it's no good. It coarsens the culture. It makes a statement to the world.

I look back on my own life and see the sometimes negative impact I've had on other people's lives through what I've said or done in my own life. We really do affect others by our words and actions.

Think of all the people who see these people out with their child. They know about this lawsuit and it makes it easier for others to view life as discardable.

So it could be your child will never know that you sued for wrongful life. But so many others will. And think of the fate of those children who will be seen as discardable.

*subhead*Wrongful life.*subhead*

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3 comments:

Nan said...

Horrible but for some reason the parents who have a child with some obscure disease, who have another child in order to use bone marrow or whatever to heal the first child squick, me out more since the second child seems to be a commodity to fix the first child. The case you're talking about features a child who was conceived in love; the second, I see love of the first child and a second child who was conceived in love for the first child but as a means to an end.

Proteios1 said...

Not being a big fan of culturing up babies, selecting an embryo and destroying the rest, I can't say that some financial pressure on this industry is a bad thing. Perhaps this dubious industry will reconsider some of its activities or even whether it wants to both rat all now that after several decades there are finally consequences of a financial nature. I think this whole issue from both sides stinks, but perhaps like bankrupting deplorable health conditions at anortion mills, that it may have a positive outcome.

Jonathan said...

What a devastating result for those who are unable to have children, to know that there are people who hate their own children so much they will sue the doctor for even delivering their child.
How thoroughly sickening.

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