£200,000 pay-out for mum who didn’t get to abort her baby

Oct 10, 2019 by

from SPUC:

A mother, who said that she would have aborted her baby if she knew that he had Downs syndrome, has been awarded financial compensation from the NHS, which could amount to £200,000.

Edyta Mordel, aged 33, pursued legal action against the NHS for ‘wrongful birth’ after medical staff allegedly failed to test her unborn baby for Down’s syndrome, and so deprived her of the opportunity to end his life through abortion.

Mordel’s medical notes say she was “very upset and angry” when her son, Aleksander, was diagnosed after his birth in 2015. However, the hospital’s ultrasound reports system recorded “Down’s screening declined”, showing that Mordel had been offered a screening process, and had refused it.

Mr Justice Jay, who presided over the ‘wrongful birth’ case, has now ruled that Mordel is entitled to a damages pay-out from the NHS trust. Mordel’s lawyers have asserted that she should receive a pay-out sum larger than £200,000.

[…]  SPUC Chief Executive, John Smeaton said: “The rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe has led to the pursuit for perfection, where babies with disability are being routinely targeted in the womb through a state funded eugenics programme. It is abhorrent to comprehend that this unthinkable, lethal discrimination prevails to such an extent in our nation’s health policies.”

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