A court in the Netherlands
has awarded damages to a severely disabled girl for having been born -- a so-called "wrongful life"
judgment. While we discussed French suits like this a while back (1 2
), this decision seems noteworthy because it allows the child herself
to receive damages, not just the parents who must pay for her care. In my mind, that opens up a whole new can of worms, both in terms of the message it sends and the incentives for doctors that it creates.
posted by boltman
on Apr 15, 2003 -