| the nothing
of April 2002
the possibility of a right
not to be born
French parliament agreed, in January 2002, to pass a bill that
states that "no one can sue for damages for the sole fact
of their birth". the extraordinary bill was a response
to a conviction by the French supreme court that is said to
have established the right not to be born. in November 2000
a teenager were awarded compensation for being born with severe
damages. the doctors had failed to diagnose his mother's rubella
while he resided in her mother's womb. the conviction was based
on his mothers' testimony that she would have aborted if she
had been properly diagnosed.
the capacity of prenatal diagnosis is believed to increase rapidly
in times to come. mothers will become more aware of the future
sufferings of their children and have to carry the accompanying
burden of responsibility. children will know their mothers had
the choice and have to carry the accompanying burden of acceptance.
the public verdict in France can be seen as a response to the
presence of the new diagnostic tools.
News: France rejects 'right not to be born' | ~ | BBC
News: Down's child paid for being born | ~ | CSmonitor:
France debates right not to be born | ~ | Journal
of Medical Ethics: Is there a "right not to be born"? |
~ | University of Utah : Prenatal Diagnosis | ~ | Cour
de Cassation | ~ | French
National Assembly |
former featured nothings
children - who were born out of nothing during the 31 days
of Mars 2002 ... (Mars-02)
I Know / Something I Donít Know - by Graham Gussin ...
nothing of cyberspace - this virtual reality in which we
now are taking part ... (January-02)
nothing of terror and response on terror; - the World Trade
Center - Afghanistan and on ... (December-01)
at ROOSEUM, Malmö's Center for Contemporary Art, 3 November
- 16 December, 2001. works by 35 artists exploring notions
of invisibility, imagination and dematerialisation (November-01)
every tent; the other!
- consisting of two Irish green, empty tents, one raised outside
Atelier 35 in Bucharest, and one inside the gallery space (October-01)
UK, raising tents
- containing, among other things, a motorway, ten tents, a text
discussion and an internet diary (September-01)
is gratefully accepted!