May 24, 2024

Wrongful birth lawsuit in Singapore

A 47-year-old Singaporean woman is suing her obstetrician because he failed to offer her a chance to abort her Down Syndrome child. The case is the first of its kind in Singapore.

Katharine Soh Lea Chin was told by her doctor that because previous ultrasound scans had not detected any abnormality in the foetus, there was no need to have one later in the pregnancy. The doctor is defending himself by claiming that the woman consulted him two days past Singapore’s legal limit of 24 weeks for abortions.

Mrs Soh says that caring for the child is “physically and emotionally draining” and that it had affected her relationship with her husband and her in-laws, who blamed her for the child’s condition.