In a landmark ruling in Germany a gynaecologist has been ordered to pay child support to a woman who had a baby after a contraceptive device he implanted in her failed. The woman is now the mother of a three-year-old boy. She will receive 600 euros a month from the doctor until the boy is 18, the appeals court in Karlsruhe ruled.
The hormone-releasing device is meant to to protect against pregnancy for up to three years. But half a year after the operation, the implant could no longer be found in the woman’s body, the court said. The parents, who had been together six months at the time of the conception, are no longer a couple.
The judges also ruled that the father should be should be compensated for the maintenance he has paid towards the child. Commentaters say the ruling could spark a flood of similar claims.