The States are split on whether or not parents have a cause of action for wrongful birth. Twenty-eight states recognize the claims, and nine states prohibit them outright. In New York, damages for emotional stress, can not be recovered.
Personally, these types of suits make me uncomfortable. They are usually very hard to prove, and in all cases, the parents of the child will have to testify on the stand that they would have aborted their child. If you have a child with a disability, such as spina bifida, who may be paralyzed from the waist down, but is perfectly fine mentally, the child may be forced to hear his parents say he is essentially "better off dead". Furthermore, in NY, bringing these cases are essentially pointless. Since the plaintiffs can not recover damages for pain and suffering, the only damages they can recover are for medical expenses. However, there is really no point to that since in NY, there already are State and Federal programs that help parents pay for medical expenses for their disabled child.
What do you think about "wrongful birth" suits? Do you think New York should change its laws to allow compensation for emotional distress in these cases? Or do these cases also make you uncomfortable. Post me a comment - I'd love to know what you think!