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Judgment, 7 July 1987.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12289533     Owner:  PIP     Status:  MEDLINE    
The plaintiff was a pregnant woman just under the age of 36 who consulted her physician on having an amniocentesis performed because of her age. Her physician advised her against this, emphasizing the danger to the fetus and the fact that she had just had a healthy child and that her present pregnancy was progressing well. When the plaintiff subsequently gave birth to a child suffering from Down's syndrome, she sued the physician for maintenance of the child claiming that she would have had an abortion had she known that the child was defective. The Federal Court of the Federal Republic of Germany reversed the decision of the lower court and dismissed her claim. It held that she had not proved that she had been inadequately counselled by the defendant since he had counselled her about the dangers of Down's syndrome during her previous pregnancy sufficiently for her to have obtained a second opinion about having the amniocentesis performed and since it was standard practice not to perform an amniocentesis on women who were under the age of 36.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of population law     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0364-3417     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu Rev Popul Law     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-09-07     Completed Date:  1995-09-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008840     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Popul Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32     Citation Subset:  J    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced*
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Congenital Abnormalities*
Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities
Developed Countries
Family Planning Services
Genetic Techniques
Germany, West
Health Planning
Laboratory Techniques and Procedures
Organization and Administration

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