This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
March 16, 2006
A Wrongful Birth? - New York Times
"As in many other realms, from marriage and its definition to end-of-life issues, those ethics and standards are being hashed out in the courts, in one lawsuit after another. And what those cases are exposing is the relatively new belief that we should have a right to choose which babies come into the world. This belief is built upon two assumptions, both of which have emerged in the past 40 years. The first is the assumption that if we choose to take advantage of contemporary technology, major flaws in our fetus's health will be detected before birth. The second assumption, more controversial, is that we will be able to do something � namely, end the pregnancy � if those flaws suggest a parenting project we would rather not undertake." [Free Registration Required]
Posted by Danny Wedding at 3:52 PM