A British woman sued the hospital at which she gave birth because she would have preferred to have aborted her son, who was born with Down syndrome, had she known he had the condition before he was born. This week she won the lawsuit and a payout of $244,468.
Edyta Mordel was “upset and angry” upon discovering that her son had the chromosomal disability. She said she would have aborted him had testing shown he had Down syndrome, and sued for additional costs and lost work time due to the care he requires.
Mordel said she expressed interest in having the testing, although the hospital argued she willingly declined testing for Down syndrome. The presiding judge said that because English is Mordel’s second language, the hospital should have been more diligent.
? In many countries, early detection of Down syndrome has resulted in the overwhelming majority of babies with the condition being aborted. In the U.S., 75 percent of mothers who get a positive test for a Down syndrome baby end up choosing to abort those babies.