Montana Panel Hears Wrongful Birth, Life Bill

March 13, 2013

  • March 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    Always Amazed says:
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    Wrongful birth claim? There is something seriously wrong with that phrase.

    • March 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm
      insurance is fun! says:
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      The name is given so that you and I will cringe when we hear it. Had it been called “Doctor withholding valuable health information,” then we could all stomach it. It was titled solely for outrage.

      • March 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm
        Don't Call Me Shirley says:
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        Exactly. This bill “would prohibit the parents of children with genetic abnormalities from suing their doctors for withholding that information from them before birth.”

        When a doctor lies, whether outright or by intentional ommission, the patient(s) should have the right to sue. That is not an accident, or even negligence, but an intentional tort (which is even more severe than negligence). This so-called representative of “the people” wants to deny them of their right to sue a professional for knowingly witholding material information.

        Normally, I tend to be against the trail lawyers, especially in light of all the frivolous lawsuits, but some things are so aggregious that the victims should have recourse.

  • March 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    John K says:
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    I never knew this was an issue, but I guess technology has gotten us to a point, where we consider everything to be a choice.

  • March 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    Huh! says:
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    Physicians could test for everything, but the cost would be prohibitive. Failure to test for everything is not being negligent nor will it result in substandard patient care. The number of doctors willing to deliver babies is falling rapidly because of lawsuits and claims that should never have been made. If we want viable healthcare for our women — for all of us, really — then we need to find a way to curtail the outrageous costs that the court system is generating.

    • March 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm
      BS says:
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      I don’t think that this bill has to do with not testing for something. It’s about testing, finding something wrong with the baby, and the doctor not informing the parents out of concern that the parents would abort.

      That being said, what a horrific scenario. Having a child with a genetic deformity that was detected during the pregnancy, but withheld by the doctor. I can’t even imagine what the parents would go through. Especially if it’s a particularly bad deformity, where the child suffers or it reduces the infant’s life. To have it be so bad, that you wish you had known and been able to terminate the pregnancy and keep the child from suffering; and then the feelings of guilt for wishing you’d been able do so… just awful.

      I don’t know… I don’t necessarily think doctors should be sued for ‘wrongful birth.’ It’s like saying the child itself is an error. But then again, I don’t think doctors should be allowed to withhold critical information like that.

      • March 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm
        Heywood says:
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        Abortion is exactly what this bill is about. The parents should be able to make the informed decision.

        • March 14, 2013 at 11:39 am
          BS says:
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          Oh, I totally agree that parents should be able to make an informed choice.

          It’s just that the idea of a ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuit that makes me cringe.



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