A new report sheds light on dozens of cases in England where mother are suing the government-run and taxpayer-funded NHS health service after abortions they had failed to kill their unborn babies. The mothers have won huge payouts — sometimes bringing in tens of thousands of dollars — after abortion procedures went wrong.
In some cases the abortions were supposedly done on babies with disabilities and the mothers in question went on to have healthy babies after the failed abortions. The moms who sued received cash for pain during birth and discomfort of pregnancy since they went through with birth after the failed abortion.
However, detractors are blasting the lawsuits — saying the moms in question should feel blessed to be the mother of a healthy baby who didn’t die.
Last night the former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, hit out at the move, saying: ‘A healthy child is an occasion for thanksgiving rather than for taking the NHS to the cleaners and using up precious funds which could otherwise be more usefully employed.’
And TV presenter and mother-of-two Kirstie Allsopp, who has urged women to have children while they are still young, said she understood that people who had suffered a serious medical malpractice or had a disabled child needed support, but added: ‘It seems to me that to be able to sue the NHS after the birth of a healthy baby is simply not something the majority of people would agree with.
‘The NHS hasn’t got an infinite amount of money. I think parents in that position should think twice.’
The successful legal claims have been made by at least 40 women over the past ten years.
The figures, disclosed by Health Minister Daniel Poulter last month, show that, in the decade up to 2013, the NHS paid out more than £94 million in 164 cases of ‘wrongful births’, most of which involved parents who had disabled children after a doctor negligently failed to warn them of the risk.
But the parliamentary written answer also showed that, in the 104 such cases that have been finally settled, 40 involved the birth of perfectly healthy children – six after ‘failed terminations’, 24 after ‘failed sterilisation’, eight after a ‘failed contraceptive implant/procedure’, one following a ‘failure to diagnose pregnancy’ and one as a result of ‘inaccurate fertility advice’.