Torts: The Rights of the Illegitimate

In recent years the courts have steadily expanded the rights of children to sue for damages resulting from prenatal injury. Now before the courts is a case that marks a milestone in this facet of the law. The plaintiff is an illegitimate child, conceived during the rape of a hospitalized mental patient. Suit has been filed in her behalf to recover damages for the mental anguish of being born a bastard.

The Stigma. The suit was filed by the father of a mental patient in Manhattan State Hospital on Welfare Island, claiming that...

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