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New Jersey Bill Regarding Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Life Lawsuits (A 596)

This law was last updated on Apr 28, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice


New Jersey


A 596


Failed to Pass


Jan 16, 2014


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Co-sponsors: 2
Total Sponsors: 3


Wrongful Birth

Full Bill Text

A 596 would eliminate liability for “wrongful birth” or “wrongful life” claims against any person or entity, including any physician or health care professional licensed in New Jersey, including claims arising out of the failure to suggest or advise that a person undergo an abortion or that a person undergo genetic testing of a fetus.

Under existing law, “wrongful birth” and “wrongful life” lawsuits may be brought by parents of children with birth defects and genetic diseases on grounds that the doctors’ negligence in failing to diagnose the condition before birth deprived the parents of the option to abort the fetus.


Similar to A 4398, which also failed to pass.


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