Monday, June 25, 2007

New Zealand: Judge says pregnancy is an injury

A judge in New Zealand has ruled that pregnancy can be considered an "injury" in a case involving a failed attempt at sterilization.

Lawyer magazine reported that Justice Mallon surveyed various features and stages of pregnancy, including nausea and vomiting, stretch marks, increased heart rate, tiredness and cramps, and said that "if these kinds of changes and resulting effects were suffered by some other impact upon the body ... there would be little difficulty in calling them harm".

While pregnancy was a natural process, the physical impact of pregnancy was capable of being described as an injury, Justice Mallon found.

So let's get this straight: the mom asks to have a working part of her body disabled.

That is not considered an injury.

The doctor fails to render that working body part ineffective.

Then the woman, with a functional reproductive system, manages to produce what it should (under the right circumstances)..which is a baby.

But that natural, healthy an injury

This also goes to show that even when you get sterilized, there is still a small possibility of pregnancy. If people only accepted that as a fact of life, the world would be a much happier place.

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