Woman Who Would Have Aborted Baby With Down Syndrome Wins Lawsuit Against Health Service for Failing to Properly Screen Unborn Baby

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service will have to pay a woman who did not want to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome after a court ruled in her favor.

Edyta Mordel, a 33-year-old woman who gave birth to a child with Down syndrome in 2015, sued the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust for failing to properly screen the unborn baby.

Mordel and her partner would have aborted the baby had they known it had the genetic condition, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

According to the legal arguments, Mordel asked for a Down syndrome screening at first, but when later asked by a sonographer, she declined a screening and thus did not get one.

The High Court in London ruled on Tuesday that the medical officials, including the sonographer, “failed to discharge their duty” by not seeking better clarification over whether Mordel, in fact, wanted a screening.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski