Parents can sue a doctor if a genetic screening misses a severe or fatal condition that would have caused them to seek an abortion, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Friday. The case was the first time the state's justices had issued a definitive ruling on a claim of "wrongful birth." The 4-3 decision limited the suits to costs associated with a pregnancy and the birth of the child, saying parents could not sue for pain-and-suffering damages or repayment of the costs of raising a disabled child.
Ohio Justices Rule That Parents Can Sue Doctors for Overlooked Genetic Disorders
The Associated Press
March 6, 2006
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