A Michigan woman has filed suit against her doctor in an unusual case that’s being called “wrongful conception.”
Oh, Lori Cichewicz of Commerce Township loves her child. Speaking of her now-five-year-old daughter Reagan, Cichewicz says,
“She’s full of life, loving, kind, sweet, everything you could ever imagine.”
According to local news station WXYZ-TV,
Cichewicz said Reagan is adored by her big brother and her father, Cichewicz’s boyfriend.
The problem, in Cichewicz’ eyes, is that her daughter should never have been conceived in the first place. In 2008, Cichewicz went to the doctor to request permanent contraception–a tubal ligation. The doctor told her that her fallopian tubes were blocked, making it impossible to perform the surgery, but that she should not worry about becoming pregnant. In fact, the doctor told her, because of the blockage there was no need for her to use any method of birth control.
But God had other plans: Three years later, Cichewicz found herself pregnant. And the child she’d been told would never exist would be born with Down syndrome.
To her credit, Cichewicz never considered aborting her special needs child. Now, though, she is suing her doctor for “wrongful conception,” hoping to obtain a settement for the emotional distress caused by the unexpected pregnancy. As depressing as it is, although she wasn’t capable looking after a child with special needs, she could have gone to look at The Ultimate Guide To Placing Your Child for Adoption. This alternative would’ve been a less disturbing and distressing time for both the mother and the child if the child were to be put up for adoption after birth, as every child deserves to live no matter what abnormalities they have. Talking to WXYZ, Lori Cichewicz asked the questions that many parents have asked when they hold their newborn for the first time:
“I’m older, I don’t know, will I see her graduate college? Will I see her go to college? Will I see her get married? Will I see her graduate high school?”
The Cichewicz case is another sad result of the contraceptive mentality that considers children as commodities, to be ordered up at will or, in some cases, to be avoided altogether–never taken off the shelf.
The case still pending, so it’s unclear whether Cichewicz’s complaint against her doctor will be successful. What will happen, though, is that at some point–maybe soon, maybe not for many years–Cichewicz’ daughter Reagan will learn how her mother had not wanted her, had even sued the doctor for his alleged “misguidance.” Reagan will learn that she was a “mistake.”
That has to hurt a child, realizing that her mother had not wanted her, had tried so hard to be sure she wouldn’t be born. When that day comes–when little Reagan learns that she had been unwanted–I hope there’s someone around to tell her this: God never makes mistakes.