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wrongful pregnancy

noun wrongful preg·nan·cy

legal Definition of wrongful pregnancy

:a malpractice claim brought by the parents of a healthy but unwanted child usually against a physician or health-care provider for alleged negligence in performing a sterilization or abortion procedure and sometimes against a pharmacist or pharmaceutical manufacturer of contraceptives; also :the pregnancy or injury at issue in such a claim
  • an action for wrongful pregnancy
called also wrongful conception
Note: A majority of courts faced with the issue have disallowed damages for child-rearing expenses in wrongful pregnancy cases. It is more common to recover for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, or loss of consortium from pregnancy and childbirth.

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