The Latest: Jury hears opening in suit over cystic fibrosis

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 4:04 PM

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The latest on a Montana mother who is suing her health care providers claiming they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion (all times local):

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A jury in Montana heard opening arguments Wednesday in the case of a Montana woman who is suing a nurse practitioner, a doctor and their respective clinics, saying they failed to order prenatal tests that could have diagnosed her daughter's cystic fibrosis.

Kerrie Evans of Gardiner is seeking more than $14 million in damages, including $10 million for her daughter's medical care.

Evans' attorney, E. Casey Magan, said Evans told the nurse during her first prenatal visit that she was concerned about cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome and would have an abortion if the baby suffered severe genetic abnormalities.

An attorney for Dr. William Peters of Bozeman told jurors that Evans declined the blood test she would have needed to take before her unborn child could be tested for cystic fibrosis.