She was only 26 years old, but life was already starting to press in on the New Brunswick woman: She had three children to support, her husband was seriously ill, his business was failing and the couple had lost their house and car. The last thing the young mother needed was another mouth to feed. To prevent any costly additions to the family, she had a tubal ligation, a permanent sterilization procedure thousands of Canadian women undergo every year.
Much was her shock, then, when, barely a year later, she became pregnant. She eventually gave birth to a healthy baby girl. But just over a month ago, a judge ruled in favour of the lawsuit she had filed over the sterilization blunder, awarding the mother $80,000 in damages.
“Sometimes the birth of a child is not a blessing. It is often a burden,” Madam Justice Paulette Garnett of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench wrote in her judgment.
Yet Margaret Somerville, a prominent medical ethicist based at Mc-Gill University, said decisions like the one in the New Brunswick case show a “pro-choice” approach, which she called a “huge scene of confrontation” these days.
Merely calculating the impact of a child in purely financial terms could be problematic, suggests Duncan Embury, a Toronto malpractice lawyer.
“If the cost of raising a child constitutes damages, what if the child then goes on to become a professional athlete? … A child can be an economic advantage as well as disadvantage.”
In fact, as courts continue to grapple with wrongful pregnancy cases, deciding whether children ultimately put their parents in the black or in the red may be the thorniest issue.
“How do you weigh the pros and cons of a child?” asks Mr. Daley, lawyer in the failed-abortion case.
“If you’re a parent, you know that children can be trying at times, but they can help out their parents in old age, help around the house and some are just a joy to be around. So it’s a very difficult issue.” (Source)
This is so typical of the culture of death. I can’t imagine how this woman explains to her child that she went to court seeking damages because her child was born. Don’t know about you, but I’d have a pretty big chip on my shoulder if I was her kid.
“My mom says she loves me but she got $80K because her sterilization of my existence didn’t work. She sued because I cost her too much. Guess she won’t have too many complaints when I opt to euthanize her when she becomes too much of a financial and emotional drag on my good times.”
My eldest daughter sometimes asks me if, with the four girls I have, I would have preferred a son. I keep telling her that I am very blessed indeed that I had four daughters and I hope that God blesses me with many more of them. I’m on a roll with girls and their tempraments. Having a boy would screw up my routine, royally! (But I’d be happy with that too.) Oh yes, and I would welcome them WHETHER THEY WERE HEALTHY OR NOT. I throw that in their for the eugenic morons who always say, “it doesn’t matter what you get as long as it’s healthy.”
Anyhow, if I have to ensure my daughter understands her worth as a young lady and that she is not valued any less for being one, can you imagine the children out there whose parents told them they were a “mistake”. And what is even worse is that they’re going to court to make it official! What a perverse society we live in.