Mother Wins $12 Million in Wrongful Birth Lawsuit, Wishes her Son With Autism Had Been Aborted
Another mother recently won a huge lawsuit after arguing that she would have aborted her unborn son if she had known he had special needs before birth.
A British judge awarded Omodele Meadows £9 million (about $12 million) for the “wrongful birth” of her son, Adejuwon, who has autism and a severe form of hemophilia, the Metro reports.
Meadows argued that she loves her son, but she would have had him aborted if her doctors had done their jobs and informed her that she carried a hemophilia gene that could be passed on to her children.
Adejuwon was born in September 2011, and now is 6 years old, according to the report.
Here’s more from the report:
When he was born it was discovered that he suffered from an aggressive form of haemophilia and autism.
Four years before she got pregnant she had a test for the haemophilia gene after it was discovered that another relative had it.
She was mistakenly given the all-clear by a doctor.
Only after Adejuwon’s birth did she undergo detailed genetic testing that confirmed her as a carrier of the gene.
Ms Meadows went on to sue GP, Dr Hafshah Khan, whose lawyers ‘admitted that, but for her negligence, Adejuwon would not have been born.’
Khan’s lawyers said they would pay £1.4 million as well as additional costs related to Adejuwon’s care; but Meadows and her lawyers wanted more.
British Justice Yip recently awarded Meadows £9 million, a record for such cases, according to the report. In her ruling, Justice Yip sympathized with Meadows, arguing that she wanted to abort her son to prevent him from suffering.
“It cannot be easy for any mother to contend bluntly that her child should not have been born,” Yip said. “Her love for her son shone through from her written statements. She had specifically sought to avoid bringing a child with haemophilia into the world, knowing the suffering that condition causes.”
Yip said the little boy is “much loved,” and Meadows asked for such a large amount because she wants to provide the best care for him.
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But the fact remains that the British mother would rather have had her son killed in an abortion.
Cases like Meadows’ are becoming more common in the western world. Parents have won millions of dollars in “wrongful birth” lawsuits involving children born with special needs. In the cases, parents argue that they would have aborted their child if their doctor had not been negligent in diagnosing the child’s health problems or counseling them on their options before the child’s birth.
In 2013, a Washington state couple won $50 million in a lawsuit after they argued they were denied information that could have led them to abort their disabled baby, LifeNews reported. The Seattle Times reported the couple knew based on their family medical history they were at a 50-50 chance of having children suffering from a rare but debilitating genetic disorder called “unbalanced chromosome translocation,” but a genetic test failed to detect the disorder in their unborn baby.
In 2014, an Illinois mother also sued her doctor, claiming that he botched her tubal ligation and it led to the birth of her daughter who has sickle cell disease.
“Wrongful birth and wrongful life lawsuits are just plain wrong,” pro-life blogger Rebecca Taylor previously wrote at LifeNews.
“The wrongful birth suit is brought by the parents of a sick or disabled child against a physician that, the parents say, was negligent. The wrongful birth lawsuit does not say that the doctor caused the disease or disability, which would be a valid reason to sue. Instead the wrongful birth lawsuit claims the that doctor failed to inform the parents of the illness or disability of the child and that had they known, they would have aborted their child.
“In other words, the parents are saying we wish our child was dead. Because he or she is not, the doctor has to pay,” Taylor wrote.