A Superior Court Judge in New Jersey has just ruled that fathers can be banned from the delivery room where their child is being born.
Here's the thing: fathers can only be banned if the mother objects to his presence.
Does that make it better?
In some cases, yes — but what about cases where the couple is just estranged, and the father isn't causing any harm or duress during a childbirth other than just being in the room?
Does he deserve to have to wait outside? New Jersey Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed thinks so, regardless of what YOU think. The Judge thinks it should be up to the mom, making it the first ruling of its kind in the whole nation!
Here is what he wrote in the case file:
“Any interest a father has before the child’s birth is subordinate to the mother’s interests. Even when there is no doubt that a father has shown deep and proper concern and interest in the growth and development of the fetus, the mother is the one who must carry it to term.”
We can totally understand this, especially if the father is abusive, under the influence, or an any number of awful things to be while in that room. Does that also mean, however, a mother should be able to ban a father from seeing the miracle birth of THEIR child, especially if the two just generally don't get along? What if they're married?
The judge cited two previous cases that went against the state law that father’s should be notified if a woman chooses an abortion: 1973′s Roe vs. Wade was one of them.
This is obviously a gray area, and we totally wanna know where U stand! Let us know!
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