The Supreme Court ruled, Monday, that abortion committee guidelines will be used as a basis for decisions of the courts in cases of birth tort (also known as "wrongful life" claims. In doing so, the court accepted the recommendation of the Medical Association and the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to eliminate a lack of uniformity between the committee and court decisions.
Chairman Leonid Idelman of the Medical Association welcomed the decision, calling it a significant first step in implementing the recommendations of the Matza Committee on wrongful life. He called on the government to fully adopt the committee's conclusions and establish a compensation fund for newborns with birth defects. Legislation on such a fund is expected to come up before the Ministerial Committee on Legislation in the next few days.