The Future of Wrongful Birth Lawsuits in Texas

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Whether or not wrongful birth lawsuits will be allowed in Texas is being debated by lawmakers. The issue was discussed by the state senate committee on health and human services last week. 

A wrongful birth lawsuit is a lawsuit brought by the parents of a severely disabled child, who claim that they were not informed of the child's disabilities before birth, and could therefore not consider an abortion. So far, 28 states allow parents to sue if they were not told of an unborn child's disability. Nine states ban wrongful birth lawsuits. Texas has not yet decided on whether such lawsuits will be permitted. 

Opponents of wrongful birth lawsuits say that they send bad messages to people with disabilities, and that there are plenty of government resources available to parents to help them care for children with disabilities. Opponents also say that allowing such lawsuits will force doctors into exaggerating potential disabilities and may lead to an increase in abortions. Proponents say that it is an issue of medical malpractice, and that some doctors who are pro-life will intentionally not tell parents about a child's disability, in order to avoid an abortion. 

It's difficult to know what the future of wrongful birth lawsuits in Texas will be. If you believe your doctor committed medical malpractice in Houston, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our attorneys on our Google Plus page. 

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