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The moral status of wrongful life claims

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by P Dimopoulos, Mirko Bagaric
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.

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Journal

Common law world review

Volume

32

Issue

1

Pagination

35 - 64

Publisher

Vathek Publishing

Location

Sark, Channel Islands

ISSN

1473-7795

eISSN

1740-5556

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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