The moral status of wrongful life claims

Dimopoulos, Penny and Bagaric, Mirko 2003, The moral status of wrongful life claims, Common law world review, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 35-64.

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Title The moral status of wrongful life claims
Author(s) Dimopoulos, Penny
Bagaric, Mirko
Journal name Common law world review
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 64
Publisher Vathek Publishing
Place of publication Sark, Channel Islands
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1473-7795
Summary A wrongful life action is a claim brought by a disabled child who asserts that but for a physician's negligence he or she would not have been born, thereby being spared the suffering of life. The action is inherently controversial because the alternative to an impaired life is non-existence. Lord Griffiths has described such claims as 'utterly offensive; there should be rejoicing that the hospital's mistake bestowed the gift of life upon the child'.' This paper cuts through the rhetoric that the debate has generated and analyses whether there is a sound doctrinal basis for recognizing wrongful life actions.
Language eng
Field of Research 180114 Human Rights Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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