France outlaws the right to sue for being born

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:129
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    A new law has been introduced into the French Assembly to try to clarify the thorny question of whether doctors should be held responsible when a child is born disabled.

    The bill, passed in an emergency session and due to go to the upper house on 22 January, would forbid a child from seeking damages simply for being born. However, it would still allow parents to seek compensation if the condition had been missed in prenatal examination through a serious medical error. …

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