What price for a child?
By Andrew Bolt
February 20, 2009 10:32am
A YOUNG woman, call her Ms G, was rolled into the Canberra operating theatre on November 12, 2003, hoping to be made pregnant at last.
“Are we going to implant two?” asked her obstetrician gynaecologist, Sydney Robert Armellin.
It was at that moment of her IVF treatment that Ms G, unknown to anyone else, changed her mind.
And from her hesitation came not just a twin girl she didn’t want, but an extraordinary court case that must surely now force our politicians to act.
Can we really have courts deciding that a child is such a curse that a parent like Ms G. should be paid $317,000 for the distress and the cost of raising it?
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Everything is so backwards. Obama says it is a punishment for women to bear a child. These women and another couple have won court cases that awarded them damages for that ‘punishment’. ( first case -Failed sterilisations and the unwanted child: a new medicolegal minefield?)
I pray these children never learn of what these people did. What message does this send to other children? They read these stories or hear about them, too. Are they being made to feel unwanted as well, that they only cause distress and cost to their parents?