Historic Court Ruling: Pregnant Moms Can Exclude Dads from Hospital Delivery Rooms

03/12/2014 at 10:15 AM EDT

NJ Court Ruling Says Pregnant Moms Can Exclude Dads from Delivery Room
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Women in New Jersey can block a baby's father from the delivery room.

A state judge, citing a woman's right to privacy, ruled that mothers can decide who will be with them when giving birth.

In an opinion released Monday, the judge cited privacy rights outlined in two federal abortion cases.

The case was argued over the telephone last year in Passaic County while Rebecca DeLuccia went into labor and delivered a girl. Her estranged fiancé, Steven Plotnick, wanted access to the baby at birth.

Plotnick's attorney, Laura Nunnink, tells the Star-Ledger of Newark it was important to her client to bond with the baby.

DeLuccia's lawyer, Joanna Brick, says DeLuccia allowed Plotnick to visit, and his lawyer says he saw the child.


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