The recognition of the wrongful birth and wrongful life causes of action by the Washington State Supreme Court is supported by both policy rationales and legal theories. Wrongful birth and wrongful life causes of action receive support from traditional tort principles and, more important, further public policy by deterring negligent genetic counseling and negligent preconception medical treatment. This Note describes the legal history of these claims and analyzes several issues not addressed by the Washington court. In addition, this Note criticizes a more recent decision by the court, which limits wrongful conception causes of action, because that decision conflicts with the policy arguments presented in Harbeson.
Eric B. Schmidt, Public Policy over Metaphysics: Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Life in Harbeson v. Parke-Davis, Inc., 8 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 511 (1985).