Disability Rights Nation
A New Jersey doctor was found guilty of malpractice for failing to offer a woman a prenatal test that would have revealed her fetus had Down syndrome, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger. The story, which was reported as a pro-choice victory, says $1.5 million of the $1.85 million award is to go toward the care of 4-year-old Michael Imbergamo; the jury awarded $250,000 to his mother, Deborah Campano, and $100,000 to his father, Michael Imbergamo, who are divorced, for their "pain and suffering."
The boy's mother, a 34-year-old systems analyst, said she was elated with the verdict, but worries people will think she doesn't love her child. Campano testified she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known the child would be born with birth defects.
The National Council on Disability's "National Disability Policy: A Progress Report," a review of federal policy activities in 1997-8, covers civil rights, education, employment, health care, long-term services and supports, immigrants and ethnic minorities with disabilities, Social Security, welfare, housing, technology, transportation and international issues as they pertain to people with disabilities. For a free copy, contact the National Council on Disability, 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1050, Washington, D.C. 20004-1107. The report also is available for downloading at http://www.ncd.gov/