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The French government has given in to public pressure and overturned a controversial legal ruling which recognised the right of a disabled child to seek damages. Most notably, the ruling, widely described as establishing a child's right "not to be born", had provoked "outrage" amongst groups defending the rights of the disabled and led to a ban on prenatal scans by French gynaecologists. Once again, only parents will be able to seek damages but some people think the ruling has been misinterpreted.

Original publication




Journal article


J Med Ethics

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63 - 64


Genetics and Reproduction, Legal Approach, Child, Decision Making, Disabled Children, Ethics, Clinical, Ethics, Medical, Female, Fetal Diseases, France, Human Rights, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Judgment, Parents, Practice Patterns, Physicians', Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis