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Life with Down Syndrome: “Wrongful?”


As a pro-lifer, I’ve been startled by so-called “wrongful life” lawsuits:

Over the course of the past five years, I’ve read news reports of a series of “wrongful birth” lawsuits in which parents won millions of dollars for the ongoing care of their children. In each case, the parents claimed they would have had an abortion if they had known ahead of time about their child’s disabilities. There was Ana Mejia of Florida who was awarded $4.5 million after her son Bryan was born with no arms and one leg. And Ran Zhuang, of Boston, who received $7 million to care for her daughter Annie. Most recently, Ariel and Deborah Levy have made the news due to their successful lawsuit against Legacy Health Systems. Jurors awarded the Levys $3 million because, in spite of extensive prenatal tests, they did not learn during Deborah’s pregnancy that their daughter has Down syndrome.

Amy Julia Becker, the mother of a child with Down syndrome, responds here to these lawsuits. In spite of the emotional topic, she writes clearly and graciously. She even includes some helpful ideas for those of us who are bothered by the lawsuits but aren’t sure how to combat the notion that life with Down syndrome is somehow “wrong.”

Read her article here.


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