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Genetic Disability and Legal Action: Wrongful Birth, Wrongful Life

  1. Dena S Davis

Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005193

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Davis, D. S. 2006. Genetic Disability and Legal Action: Wrongful Birth, Wrongful Life. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2006

Abstract

Parents of children born with birth defects can successfully sue health professionals for the tort of wrongful birth if they can claim that the child's birth was due to the negligence of the professional. The tort of wrongful life stems from the same series of events, but is brought by the child rather than the parent.

Keywords:

  • wrongful birth;
  • wrongful life;
  • birth defects;
  • genetic counseling