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Thomson sperm mix-up case: Mum can sue for expenses of raising daughter

But judge says emotional well-being of child at stake

Published on Feb 27, 2014 8:45 AM

A woman who was impregnated with another man's sperm instead of her husband's by mistake at a fertility clinic is entitled to sue for the expenses of raising the child she conceived, the High Court has ruled.

Justice Choo Han Teck overturned an earlier decision rejecting her bid. However, he concluded his written judgment by cautioning her that pursuing this claim was against the emotional well-being of the child, named Baby P in the lawsuit.

"What I now say may not be a principle in law, but I believe that it is a treasured value in humanity, and that is that no parent would want her child to grow up thinking that she (the child) was a mistake," said the judge.

Justice Choo said if the woman succeeded in her claim, every cent spent on the child's upbringing will remind her that it was money from a compensation for a mistake. "Baby P should not ever have to grow up thinking that her very existence was a mistake," he said.

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