Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A doctor who carried out a failed contraceptive operation has been ordered by a German court to pay financial support for the child.
The gynaecologist had inserted a patch into the patient's arm, but it failed to prevent pregnancy six months later.
The woman, who had recently qualified as a teacher, had to give up her new job to care for her child.
The highest judicial court has ruled the doctor must pay 600 euros ($400) a month until the child reaches 18.
German gynaecologists now fear a flood of lawsuits, says the BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Berlin.
Bet German gynecologists will stop offering that implant.
posted by Sydney on 11/21/2006 09:22:00 PM 7 comments
Well, this will stop the drop in Germany's birthrate. No German doctor in their right mind will ever prescribe a contraceptive device after this, because they all fail. And just think of the business property lawyers will have while docs rush to transfer their assets. Even though this norplant might have been improperly inserted- we'll never know- the doc has been held responsible. In the U.S., wrongful life suits are not allowed as the state recognizes the intrinsic value of a human being, and believes that human being to be a positive addition to the family.
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Word. Maybe the doctor can sue the family for partial custody of the child? After all the doctor is deemed responsible for the child's birth, and the family doesn't appear to want the child.
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I couldn't believe this! There's a built in failure rate! Even with sterilization. Errrggghhhh!
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This move by German court is not good for the gynecologists. This news only hints what is going to happen in future, where politians and others will try to control Medical profession