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British Woman Wins Millions in First ‘Wrongful Conception’ Lawsuit

Evie Toombes says she should have never been born

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Millions of dollars have been awarded in the first “wrongful conception” lawsuit in London’s High Court on December 1. 20 year-old Evie Toombes sued Dr. Philip Mitchell, the physician who oversaw her mother’s pregnancy when she was in utero. Toombes is suing for “wrongful conception [and] having been born in a damaged state.”

The lawsuit claims Dr. Mitchell failed to properly advise Toombs’ mother about vitamin supplements before her conception. Toombes, a horse showjumper, insists that as a result, she suffers from spina bifida, has limited mobility and chronic bowel and bladder issues. On occasion she has to be hooked up to medical equipment for 24 hours, and her condition will progress as she ages, likely making her increasingly dependent on wheelchairs.

In her lawsuit, Toombes alleges that the doctor did not explain to her mother, Caroline, that folic acid supplements could possibly minimize risk of spina bifida. Timcast.com reports “Her mother testified in court that, had she been aware of this, she would have delayed trying to become pregnant.”

The judge, Rosalind Coe QC, ruled in favor of Toombes’ allegation that Dr. Mitchell had not advised Caroline on the importance of folic acid before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy. Coe awarded Toombes the right to a “compensation payout.”

According to the New York Post, “her lawyers earlier said the amount Evie is claiming had not yet been calculated but confirmed it would be ‘big’ since it would cover the cost of her extensive care needs for life.”

In her ruling, the judge said if Caroline had known the risks, she would have delayed trying to get pregnant and would have, as a result, had “a different, totally healthy, baby” genetically different from Evie.

Caroline said in court that the doctor did discuss folic acid with her at her appointment, but not its connection to spina bifida. “He told me it was not necessary…I was advised that if I had a good diet previously, I would not have to take folic acid” she said.

Evie was diagnosed with lipomylomeningocoele (LMM), a form of neural tube defect to the spine causing permanent disability.

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  1. Terry Gardner

    December 4, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Then why don’t she do something to eliminate herself. Problem solved

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State Department Orders Americans to Evacuate from Ukraine Embassy

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The State Department has announced it will begin evacuating families and nonessential staff from Kyiv’s U.S. Embassy this week. The travel advisory was published Sunday, signaling U.S. fears that Ukraine could be on the verge of a Russian invasion.

If an invasion occurs, the State Department could be thwarted in its ability to get to and assist Americans. The Department of State wrote:

“On January 23, 2022, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. direct-hire employees and ordered the departure of eligible family members from Embassy Kyiv due to the continued threat of Russian military action…

…U.S. citizens in Ukraine should consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options…the security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice. Demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, regularly occur throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv.”

Axios reports Senior State Department officials told reporters on a briefing call that it was the “totality” of the Russian military buildup and threatening posture toward Ukraine over the last several months which led to the decision.

One official stated, “given that the President has said military action by Russia could come at any time, the U.S. government will not be in a position to evacuate U.S. citizens.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Friday with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

“We’re looking at what is visible to all, and it is deeds and actions, not words, that make the difference,” said Blinken, despite acknowledging that Lavrov had once again made an assurance that Russia has no intention of attacking Ukraine.

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China Warns Olympic Athletes Could Face Serious Consequences if they Speak Publicly on Human Rights

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The 2022 Winter Olympic Games are prepared to begin February 4th in Beijing, but not without consequences. Chinese officials have issued a “warning” to all foreign athletes that they are “subject to certain punishment” if they speak “against the Olympic spirit.”

That “Olympic spirit” means politically speaking out about China. “Any behavior or speech that is against the Olympic spirit, especially against Chinese laws and regulations, are also subject to certain punishment,” said Yan Shu, deputy director-general of international relations for the Beijing Organizing Committee (BOC).

National Review notes the Chinese Party’s suppression of speech is well known and many are concerned with consequences and punishments for political speech because of strict local laws. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said the Olympic Charter Rule banning protesting at medal ceremonies would force athletes to follow “applicable public law.”

The Associated Press reports according to the IOC athletes can “enjoy freedom of speech” when speaking to journalists or posting to social media during the games. However, the committee expressed any measures that would protect athletes from Chinese persecution.

CBS Sports reports Global Athlete Group director general Rob Koehler suggested Olympians could suffer severe consequences if they criticize China, especially while in the country itself. “Silence is complicity and that’s why we have concerns,” said Koehler. “We know the human rights record and the allowance of freedom of expression in China, so there’s really not much protection” he added.

Last month White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the U.S. government delegation planned to boycott the Olympic Games over the Chinese government’s human rights abuses, including the presumed detention of tennis star Peng Shuai.

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses. The athletes on team USA have our full support. We will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games,” Psaki said.

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