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French gynecologists refuse to perform ultrasounds

French gynecologists are refusing to carry out ultrasounds on French women after a court ruling says they could be liable for birth defects

Gynecologists in France are refusing to carry out ultrasound scans on pregnant women. The action is in protest against a court ruling that doctors could be liable if a child is born with disabilities.

The doctors' protest action could have an impact on thousands of women in France.

The groundbreaking ruling was upheld by the country's highest court, the Court of Appeal, in July.

A child with Down's Syndrome successfully sued gynecologists because the condition had not been detected by ultrasound tests.

Disabled campaigners and doctors described the ruling as an "incitement to eugenics."

Sources say the French government is preparing a law to offer protection to the gynecologists.