NJ Judge Affirms That Women Take Precedence in Pre-Birth Decisions Because They ‘Bear the Child’ -
A New Jersey Judge has made history with a ruling in a dispute between an unmarried father and mother over the woman’s pregnancy and delivery of a child. In a significant victory for women, Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed wrote that “any interest a father has before the child’s birth is subordinate to the mother’s interests.” The issues in question have apparently never before been adjudicated between an unmarried couple, anywhere in the United States.
The decision in ‘Plotnick v. DeLuccia’ was just published.
The case is Plotnick v. DeLuccia. It was actually decided in a hearing on November 19, 2013, but the judge’s decision was just published on March 10th.
The parties involved agree on the basic facts. Rebecca DeLuccia was in a relationship with Steven Plotnick in late 2012, and pregnant in February of the next year. He proposed marriage. They became engaged. The engagement and the relationship ended by September, 2013, with DeLuccia’s due date still to come in November.
Shortly after that point, Plotnick hired a lawyer to press his requests for involvement in the pregnancy and in the child’s life. Most immediately, he wanted to require DeLuccia to notify him when she went into labor and to force her to let him, as the father, be present at the delivery.