Landmark Court Ruling Allows Pregnant Women To Decide If Father Can Be Present During Delivery (VIDEO)
A unique New Jersey case is making news, and promises to have Republican lawmakers rushing to draft legislation to strip even more rights away from women.
Rebecca DeLuccia and Steven Plotnick became engaged after they conceived a baby in 2013. The engagement was cancelled, and shortly thereafter Plotnick – who had by this time been estranged from his ex-fiancé – sued DeLuccia to be informed when she went into labor, and to be in the delivery room when the baby was delivered.
On the day of the baby girl’s delivery, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed ruled in favor of the mother’s privacy, in part because of a pair of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions on abortion — 1973’s Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey from 1992.
Said the judge;
“Any interest a father has before the child’s birth is subordinate to the mother’s interests since it’s the mother carrying the baby to term.”
The ruling effectively establishes that a father has no legal right to be present during delivery. Predictably, reaction from certain quarters was critical of the decision. Jeff Golden, a spokesman for the group “Fathers’ and Children’s Equality,” told KYW-TV News;
“It’s a sad day for fathers, and for fathers’ and men’s rights.”
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