wrongful birth

noun

Definition of wrongful birth

: a malpractice claim brought by the parents of a child born with a birth defect against a physician or health-care provider whose alleged negligence (as in diagnosis) effectively deprived the parents of the opportunity to make an informed decision whether to avoid or terminate the pregnancy also : the birth or injury at issue in such a claim

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Recent Examples on the Web It’s not wrongful birth, but the loss of reproductive freedom. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of wrongful birth

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Wrongful birth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongful%20birth. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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wrongful birth

noun

Legal Definition of wrongful birth

: a malpractice claim brought by the parents of a child born with a birth defect against a physician or health-care provider whose alleged negligence (as in prenatal testing or diagnosis) effectively deprived the parents of the opportunity to make an informed decision whether to avoid or terminate the pregnancy also : the birth or injury at issue in such a claim recognize a cause of action for wrongful birth

Note: Two factors behind the general recognition of the wrongful birth claim are scientific advances in prenatal diagnosis of birth defects and the legalization of abortion. Wrongful birth and wrongful life are distinct from malpractice claims alleging actual physical injury to a fetus caused by a negligently performed procedure.

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