Pregnant NJ women may ban expectant fathers from delivery room

A New Jersey judge has ruled a woman giving birth can keep the expectant father out of the delivery room, if she wants to, during labor.

According to the New Jersey Law Journal, the judge made the ruling in a case involving estranged, unmarried parents.

The judge says a woman's right to privacy allows her to shut the father out.

"A finding in favor of plaintiff for both notification and forced entry into the delivery room would in fact be inconsistent with existing jurisprudence on the interests of women in the children they carry pre-birth," the judge wrote in the decision Plotnick v. DeLuccia.

"It would create practical concerns where the father's unwelcomed presence could cause additional stress on the mother and child. Moreover, such a finding would also lead to a slippery slope where the mother's interest could be subjugated to that of the father's."

The judge cited Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which went against a state law that required women who were having an abortion to notify their husbands, the Law Journal reports.

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