wrongful birth
noun Date: 1979 a malpractice claim brought by the parents of a child born with a birth defect against a physician or health-care provider whose alleged negligence (as in diagnosis) effectively deprived the parents of the opportunity to make an informed decision whether to avoid or terminate the pregnancy; also the birth or injury at issue in such a claim

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wrongful pregnancy — wrongful preg·nan·cy n: a malpractice claim brought by the parents of a healthy but unwanted child usu. against a physician or health care provider for alleged negligence in performing a sterilization or abortion procedure and sometimes against a …   Law dictionary

  • Wrongful life — is the name given to a legal action in which someone is sued for failing to prevent the birth of a severely disabled child.Typically a child and the parents will sue a doctor or a hospital for failing to provide information about the disability… …   Wikipedia

  • wrongful-life action — n. A legal action on behalf of a child with birth defects, alleging that the parents would not have conceived the child or would have aborted the fetus if the doctor defendant had informed them of the congenital defects to be expected, in order… …   Law dictionary

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