Well, I now know the value of my six-year-old daughter, who happened to be born with Down syndrome. According to a jury in Portland, OR, $2.94 Million dollars.
That’s the award given to a couple who sued the Legacy Health clinic there for “wrongful birth” saying that, given the high likelihood their child would be born with Ds, they had a test given called a CVS (Chorionic villus sampling) that shows with 99.7% accuracy the presence of Ds in the child’s chromosomes. The test came back negative. The child was born. The child has Ds.
Welcome to the .03%
But, Oooh no! Mistakes are not made in today’s society. Margin’s of error do not occur. S**t does NOT happen! Somebody needs to pay!
This case, these parents, this jury, this decision is so wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to start. My rant would be pages and pages . . . and to what end. This is the society we live in, folks, and welcome to it.
This is the only “solace” I can take away from this case: This was not about the child. This was not about the test. This was about money. Pure and simple. Somebody “wronged” this couple and somebody was going to pay.
It doesn’t matter what these parents are saying to this child because of this suit. (If we had known you would be imperfect, you wouldn’t have been born. We’d have killed you.)
It doesn’t matter what these parents are saying to her siblings. (We don’t want “defects” in this family. Thank God you were born perfect.)
It doesn’t matter what this verdict says to society on the value of a child born with “defects”. Let alone the true purpose for these tests in the eyes of both society and the medical community, including the new MaterniT-21!
The only thing that matters is $$$
And as it says on those $$$, God Bless America.
. . . we’re gonna need it.
I found this verse this morning (3/13). Added it first as a comment below, but thought it appropriate to insert into the post as well. It kinda struck a cord over how I feel about the whole situation . . . overall, just sad.
1 Corinthians 6:7 Why, the very fact of your having lawsuits with one another at all is a defect (a defeat, an evidence of positive moral loss for you). Why not rather let yourselves suffer wrong and be deprived of what is your due? Why not rather be cheated (defrauded and robbed)? 8 But [instead it is you] yourselves who wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren [by so treating them]! (AMP)