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Cystic Fibrosis

Mom seeks medical expenses for child with cystic fibrosis

A jury in Montana heard opening statements Wednesday in the case of a mother who is suing her health care providers because they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion.

Kerrie Evans of Gardiner is seeking nearly $14.5 million in damages from Park Clinic in Livingston, Billings Clinic's Bozeman OB/GYN, nurse practitioner Peggy Scanson and Dr. William Peters — including $10 million for her daughter's medical and psychological care. The girl, who's nearly 6, has a severe form of cystic fibrosis.

The case lays bare an emerging medical ethics struggle. Lawsuits dealing with so-called wrongful births were recently...