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Doctor must pay child support after inadequate warning of disability

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:168
  1. Bojan Pancevski
  1. Vienna

    An Austrian court has ordered a gynaecologist to pay child support for a child with Down's syndrome because the doctor had not warned the mother strongly enough of the likelihood that her baby would be disabled.

    This precedent setting ruling has polarised the public and has sparked a heated debate within the medical community.

    The case was dropped by two lower courts and went all the way to the …

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