Birth Control Mix-Up Results in a Baby & Parents Sue Clinic for Child Support

Say What!? 75

birth control vitaminsSo imagine you get a prescription for birth control pills, but when you go to pick them up, what you actually get are prenatal vitamins. But you take them anyway, believing they're your birth control, and nine months later, you have a baby and you decide to sue. Well, someone did that.

A couple is suing the clinic they claim gave them prenatal vitamins instead of the mother's prescribed birth control pills. They want the clinic to pay the costs for raising their child. Can anyone guess why I'm scratching my head over this story? DINGDINGDINGDINGDING! Correct, because birth control pills are teeny tiny and prenatal vitamins are the size a bus -- so why the hell wouldn't they notice the difference?!?

Keep in mind, the woman suing has another child. So you'd think she'd be familiar with the dramatic size difference between the pill and the vitamin. Unless there are new, tiny prenatal vitamins out there on the market I don't know about? Or do some birth control pills come in extra-large? Am I insane, or does this story just not hold up?

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But that's just me. A court threw out their case because under these circumstances, it would be too easy to commit fraud (lie about what really happened) and exploit clinics like the one in question. You can sue a clinic after a failed sterilization -- easy to prove you got that surgery, easy to prove you got knocked up. But the pills ... that's a little harder to prove to a court.

Anyway, the couple appealed the ruling and another court said they could sue for smaller things like "pain and suffering." But even IF the clinic really did screw up the prescriptions, I still think the couple needs to take responsibility for not catching on to that mistake sooner. People, if your prescription looks off, say something! Even pharmacists make mistakes.

Do you think the couple should be suing for the cost of raising their unplanned child?


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peanu... peanutsmommy1

I knew what birth control pills looked like at 16. Didn't the rx come with an education pamphlet? That should have been a giveaway right there

LostS... LostSoul88

I think they are just miney hungry idiots. 

mommy... mommytojack0524

When you have sex, even on birth control, you have to know that there is always a tiny chance that you could get pregnant. No birth control is 100% effective (except abstinence). . Ask my friend who had an IUD and now has a surprise newborn. Stuff happens, and you take the risk.  It's worth the risk (on effective birth control) but it's still a risk.

I also agree with PP--my BC pill was tiny and my prenatal was a horse pill. Hard to mix those up.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

birth control doesnt protect you 100% against getting pregnant. If they didnt want a baby that bad, they shouldve used addition protection.

lasombrs lasombrs

Do birth control pills come in any other form but foil packs with the weeks marked on them? When it was a bottle of pills didn't that stand out? Was the wrong label on the bottle, or could she see the original label on the bottle naming a different drug? People need to have some responsibility for taking the drugs no questions asked too. Even if its something I have had before I always read everything on the package and the paperwork incase of an interaction or who knows what!

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

They have special twice a day prenatal vitamins that are pretty small it could have been those?

ethan... ethans_momma06

Personally- I've never taken BC pills, and wouldnt be able to tell the difference visually. They were given a perscription for what was SUPPOSED to be BC. Why would they assume it was something different?

That being said, I'm an avid label reader. If it was labeled as prenatal pills, I would have totally caught that.

nonmember avatar coco'smom158

I think the lawsuit is ridiculous and I'm glad it was thrown out. There is a HUGE difference between prenatal vitamins and birth control pills. They were just trying to scam money out of the clinic.

Tracy... Tracylynn100

did she read the package?

Babyg... Babygirlsmom112

My heart breaks for that poor baby. :(

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