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French lawsuit over abortion and disability

2001-07-19 17:00:52+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Via Kuro5hin, a Time article about lawsuits resulting from a French law that allows disabled children to sue if their mothers were not given a chance to abort. There's discussion over at Kur5hin (at the usual naive college-student level of that forum). But there are some good ethical considerations at stake here. Quote from the commentary in the Time article:

The metaphysics is breathtaking. A child stands in court, and demands the legal right never to have existed. The judges on the bench nod gravely. Except that it is not the "deformed" child that stands in court. It is parents and lawyers, collaborating in odious work.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:20+00 by: meuon

I have joked with my Dad that I should sue him for not being born wealthy. He says "Great, if it works, we'll sue GrandPa!".

At some point we forget that it is great to be alive, and darn it, I am responsible for what destiny random chance and mother nature does not keep me from.. and I can modify them a little.