The decision to undergo a sterilization operation or an abortion is the result of considering many complex emotional and financial factors. The operation may be sought to avoid potential health risks associated with childbirth, or it may be sought to avoid the financial stress a new child will place on the family unit. Regardless of the rationale underlying the decision, the individual will require medical assistance. In some situations, however, this medical assistance is negligently performed, and the result may be the birth of a healthy but unplanned child.
Kenneth F. Hardt,
Physician's Negligence Giving Rise to the Birth of a Healthy But Unplanned Child: A Summary of Damages Recoverable by the Parents,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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