Sue Because You Were Not Aborted?!

United States
April 9, 2009 7:34am CST
Sometimes you come across something in the news you are sure must be a macabre comedic parody! Surely no court in the world would even consider this a real case with any merit whatsoever. Not so, in 2001 a French court upheld several lawsuits in which children with disabilities were not aborted! I do not care what physical deformity your child had you would love it wouldnt you? How could you ever explain to your child that you went to court and sued someone because they were born? (Is this an example of European leadership?) What do you think? http://www.time.com/time/columnist/morrow/article/0,9565,167664,00.html
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
9 Apr 09
I have a son who is 22 months and he has spina bifida. Everyone that knows him likes him and he such a cute little boy with a sweet smile. I was sad when I found out about the spina bifida at 36 weeks and the first three weeks of his life he spent in a special care baby unit. He had two operations, the first to close the hole in his back and the second to put a shunt into his head. I was offered an abortion three weeks before he was born and I said no way. I know lots of other disabled children and they are all lovely. I think to sue because an abortion didn't happen sounds awful and I am shocked of that type of European leadership. Many people are pro-life and there are many other mothers of disabled children out there that love their child.
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• United States
9 Apr 09
I see both sides of the story. If you come from a standpoint that it is wrong to put someone in a situation to where they will be in pain throughout the rest of your life then yes there is grounds for an argument. But if you come from the standpoint that is it wrong to put someone's life to an end because you felt it would be too hard for them then no there isn't grounds for the argument. But overall, I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Abortion needs to be legal because there are some people who don't want to raise a child with a disability and there are some people who think that the child should have every chance so if you give the parents the choice, then its the best of both situations. Now suing later... I wouldn't personally go so far to that extreme.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Okay, I understand to a point what you are saying, but I am wondering if there are not people in this world who would adopt a child with a disability if given the chance? For instance two of these cases the child was missing an arm, I know there are many people who would adopt a child who was missing an arm. I could never abort a child so I guess it is difficult for me to see it as a viable option.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Yeah, my viewpoint is completely pro choice no matter what the reason might be so its not as hard for me to understand. I'm sure there would be parents out there that would adopt those types of children, but my concern is with how many kids out there that need to be adopted, should we tell parents that they shouldn't abort if they aren't going to care for the child? I would rather see a child be aborted than spend his or her entire life in an orphanage. There are kids who develop illnesses from being in orphanages because of the lack of care and love most of the time and the feeling of never being wanted.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I think that the ppl that sued are unhappy with their lives and are blaming the parents instead of being happy with just being alive. While I know living with disabilities can be extremely difficult I also know that those with disabilities can lead productive lives if they choose to. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
• United States
11 Apr 09
No it wasnt the disabled children that sued, their parents sued on behalf of them if I read the article correctly.
@ajin728 (62)
• China
10 Apr 09
I think a fetus is still a bodliy part of the pregnant woman,she has right to disposal it.
@phoenix79 (304)
• United States
10 Apr 09
Wow that is interesting. People will sue for anything these days it seems.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Make it stop!!!!
@livewyre (2455)
9 Apr 09
I think the point is that if the parents were not given the chance to abort, or not given sufficient information about the child's deformities, then there may be a case to answer. It is not simply that the child is suing because they did not want to be born - it's more about the twisted ideas that people have about their 'rights'. The whole idea is ludicrous in the extreme, we have unfortunately bred a generation who sincerely believes that the hospitals are somehow 'responsible' for a deformed baby, and that it is a parent's right to have choices based on having all the correct facts provided by the hospital. A generation that has forgotten that sometimes $h!t happens and there is not always someone who will carry the can for them. This is not really to do with European or non-European ideals, it's more the Western culture as a whole - the culture that provides services and tells you that you have rights. This culture has by-passed the 'survival of the fittest' that cut out most of the stupid malcontents of the past who would either waste away waiting for someone to feed them or find themselves killed by a superior being who just got fed up of them whining in a corner... These are the people (those that would not have survived centuries ago) who now make up the general populace.. That's progress! We are now doing our best to prolong the lives of the new human species of idiot, when we would be better off junking our 'civilisation' and going back to nature - can you imagine what would happen to the mass of the human race if they had to rely on wit and skill to survive?? (have I gone a bit too far??)
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
9 Apr 09
HAHAHAHA Oh my god, people just want money, huh? I can't believe something like this would have been brought to court! I have a family friend who had gotten pregnant, and was a victim of domestic violence when she was pregnant, and the baby was severely mentally challenged. She was about 8 when I was born, and my mind grew at a much faster rate than hers had. But not once did the mother think about aborting the baby.
@Catfreeek (346)
• United States
9 Apr 09
The law has become utterly ridiculous, it seems that less and less people have a right to choose their own destinies.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
9 Apr 09
that is so silly, why courts are so back up now.. if a couple who is having a baby and is going to be disable and they should decide if they want one or not. this is the only reason i can see abortion for only
• United States
9 Apr 09
*Sigh* I'm sad not even something like this surprises me with people anymore. It DOES make me sad that apparently these people wanted it so much they're angry enough to sue because those poor kids were born. You're right though, I don't care what physical deformity it is. Unfortunately there are people out there that aren't...I'll just say..."people I would prefer not associate with".