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Does dad have right to the delivery room?

  • New Jersey man sues to gain access to delivery room where his child was being born
  • Couple split during pregnancy, mother fought him in court

Does a proud father-to-be deserve a place in the delivery room, even if the expectant mom doesn't want him there?  

That was a question brought before a New Jersey judge recently. 

News 12 New Jersey has the details of the case. In it, the father, Steven Plotnick, sued his former fiancee, Rebecca DeLuccia, for access to the delivery room while she was in labor with their child. The pair split up during the pregnancy. 

The judge indicated that he had never seen a case like this before, and found in favor of DeLuccia -- which means Plotnick had to wait to meet his newborn child.

Citing previous cases, including Roe vs. Wade, the judge found that the soon-to-be mom had a right to privacy and ruled that uninvited dads would be banned from the delivery room. He said, "It would create practical concerns," and it could cause "additional stress" for the mother and baby.

Reuters reports the case only applies to unmarried fathers, it did not address wedded couples.

The Christian Science Monitor says that oral arguments for this case happened by teleconference from the hospital.

Plotnick, the father, was able to see his child in the nursery after the birth.

HLN Now's Mike Galanos spoke with gynecologist Dr. Sujatha Reddy and lawyer Joey Jackson about the ruling.

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