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    Quote Originally Posted by tastychicken View Post
    I feel sorry for her. She was going to the doctors over her symtoms, she is a poor student in a tough course. Even if she wasn't going to abort, the extra time could have been enough time for her to defer and get baby accessories.

    We don't even know if she consentually had sex, or if she was on contraception.
    If it was non consensual sex I doubt she would be plastering her face all over the media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    If it was non consensual sex I doubt she would be plastering her face all over the media.
    People dont get to choose what media publish

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    Quote Originally Posted by tastychicken View Post
    People dont get to choose what media publish
    Yes but they can refuse to pose for a photo for the news media.

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    Yep, I agree with everyone else. What a load of cr@p! I'm so sick of people with this litigious mindset. Fair enough she's frustrated that the medical centre didn't detect her pregnancy but then she's the one who actually had sex during the fertile period of her cycle and she didn't suspect it either so cut them some slack.

    I think if she really didn't want the baby and it was too late to abort she could've opted for adoption.

    If she was bringing this action to highlight that she didn't get adequate care at the medical clinic and therefore force them to improve their thoroughness in patient care so that this doesn't happen again, that would be understandable, but suing for money to raise her child is taking the pi$$. If she couldn't afford to raise her child or having a child didn't fit into her lifestyle, like everyone else said she should've either not had sex, used adequate birth control and/or opted for adoption.

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    what is ethically/morally "right" is not necessarily the same as having a legal case. I agree her argument is a little tenuous (ie if I'd known I was preg i'd have terminated) not to mention impossible to prove. but the doc has a duty of care and he's failed that duty by failing to diagnose the pregnancy. this has presumably caused the lady "damages" by not being given a chance to terminate. I agree it's a bit silly but the doctor has failed in his duty of care to his patient. you mightn't agree with the outcome but if the child was born disabled, would your opinion change any?

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    Tasty Chicken - I hadn't thought of the s.x being non-consensual that is a fair point.
    Lolly007 - no, disability would not change my perception of this situation any.

    And yes, generally I think it is awful for the child, it seems like the mother is basically saying 'I would have aborted you if only I got the chance'. Saying the child is an embarrassment when she had to tell her friends is not nice either.
    I agree that adoption would have been a better option if that is really how she feels.

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    She is supposedly a University student studying Science. She should have paid more attention in Reproductive Biology. If she doesn't have enough common sense to do a pregnancy test herself, I find myself wondering how she thought she could qualify as a Veterinarian.

    This is a massive waste of Court time and resources, and smacks of being self-serving and opportunistic.

    I feel embarrassed for her!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lolly007 View Post
    what is ethically/morally "right" is not necessarily the same as having a legal case. I agree her argument is a little tenuous (ie if I'd known I was preg i'd have terminated) not to mention impossible to prove. but the doc has a duty of care and he's failed that duty by failing to diagnose the pregnancy. this has presumably caused the lady "damages" by not being given a chance to terminate. I agree it's a bit silly but the doctor has failed in his duty of care to his patient. you mightn't agree with the outcome but if the child was born disabled, would your opinion change any?
    As a doctor myself, I agree with you to a certain extent. Duty of care is paramount. But...if the doctor had asked her "Any chance you could be pregnant?", and she had said no (and believe me, patients don't always tell the truth!!), then you would not pursue it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillieMollyMandy View Post
    Tasty Chicken - I hadn't thought of the s.x being non-consensual that is a fair point.
    Lolly007 - no, disability would not change my perception of this situation any.

    And yes, generally I think it is awful for the child, it seems like the mother is basically saying 'I would have aborted you if only I got the chance'. Saying the child is an embarrassment when she had to tell her friends is not nice either.
    I agree that adoption would have been a better option if that is really how she feels.
    I agree with this. When I read the article, my first thought was that pregnancy symptoms are fairly well known and pregnancy tests are widely available.

    The Dr more than likely asked if she could be pregnant and she could have flat out said no. Was her expectation that the Dr should then force her to take a pregnancy test incase she was pregnant? Surely with her biological knowledge, the thought of pregnancy would have occurred to her at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    If she didn't want to have her study, career and earning capacity impacted by having a child young then she should have:
    A) not had sex; or
    B) used contraception; or
    C) chosen a better male to mate with (ie someone who had proven beyond a reasonable doubt they would be supportive in the event if a pregnancy).

    She's blaming the doctors for her poor choices.
    This exactly, she's using a possible loophole in the law to get someone else to pay for her kid that she obviously finds an inconvenience. Why is she not claiming CS from the father?

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