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Lost Choices and Eugenic Dreams: Wrongful Birth Lawsuits in Popular News Narratives

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Abstract:

The discourses of wrongful birth lawsuits can provide important insights into the ways in which genetic models of health and responsibility are manifesting themselves in the twenty-first century. These lawsuits emphasize the concept of individual choice in ways that largely elide a significant narrowing in our understandings of what it means to be healthy. By placing the focus on the individual, the discussions of disability and the lack of social support for those with disability disappears from the conversation, making abortion seem like the only moral, and responsible, choice for families facing the possibility of a disabled child.

Keywords: Disability; Genetics; Health; Rhetoric; Wrongful Birth

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2010.543985

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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