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WATER COOLER TALK: Women in labor in New Jersey now have the right to ban the father of the child from the delivery room after a judge’s ruling Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed ruled that pregnant women, as medical patients, have the right to privacy protections that fathers shouldn’t have.

Judge Mohammed stated “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.”

This all came from Steven Plotnick who sued his ex-fiancee Rebecca DeLuccia last fall for the right to know when she went into labor and for access to the baby upon its birth. Judge Mohammed decided that the father’s presence in the delivery room was unwanted and said that it could put too much stress on the mother.

Do you agree with Judge Mohammed decision to side with the laboring mother’s right to privacy?

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