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Jury awards nearly $3 million to Portland-area couple in 'wrongful birth' lawsuit against Legacy Health
The couple sued Legacy Health, claiming that Deborah Levy would have aborted her pregnancy had she known her daughter had the chromosomal abnormality. The lawsuit blames Legacy's Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in North Portland and a Legacy lab for allegedly botching the test.
The case was one of just a handful of so-called "wrongful birth" suits estimated to be filed each year in the United States, bioethics experts say. It was one of an even rarer few to go to trial -- and garner a multi-million dollar verdict. In the process, the case stirred passionate public debate nationally and even internationally. The judge prohibited media in the courtroom from photographing or recording images of the couple, whose attorney said had received death threats.
Experts say so few parents choose to file wrongful birth suits because it forces them to take an awkward position: They must be willing to say...
Aimee Green wrote: The Levys' attorney, David K. Miller, said his clients deeply love their daughter but worried about being portrayed as heartless. Miller said they sued because they worried about providing all that their daughter would need over her lifetime. Experts testified that she will continue to need speech and physical therapy and face a concerning list of possible medical problems over her lifetime. Professionals have told the Levys that she will likely never be able to live independently, or earn a living.
this excerpt should make many here happy, these folks will not have to depend upon the state for health care for their child. It is all taken care of by private means. Of course, how this came about is the stuff of controversy.