Congressional Legislation
Every Child Is A Blessing Act
Bill # H.R.684

Original Sponsor:
Steven Palazzo (R-MS 4th)

Cosponsor Total: 3
(last sponsor added 01/24/2017)
  3 Republicans
About This Legislation:
"The Every Child is a Blessing Act" (H.R. 684), introduced by Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Ms.), would eliminate “wrongful birth” and “wrongful life" lawsuits, when they arise under federal law or from claims involving health care services affecting interstate or foreign commerce.  A wrongful birth claim rests on the assertion by a parent that a baby should have been aborted, due to some real or perceived deficiency – usually, a disability – and would have been aborted, but for some act by the defendant.  A wrongful life claim is based on the same concept, but is filed in the name of the child rather than the parent.  The claims are not based on any allegation that a defendant actually caused the baby’s condition, but rather, that the plaintiff in some way failed to take actions that would have led to the abortion of the afflicted baby.  The concept that a violent pre-natal death by abortion is preferable to life with a disability is incompatible with, and corrosive to, fundamental disability-rights principles.  Acceptance of such causes of action is a manifestation of a resurgent drive to promote human eugenics -- an ideology that was in vogue in the early 20th century, but became discredited when zealously implemented in some states and nations.  National Right to Life supports H.R. 684.
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