A New Jersey state judge made a ruling on a mom's right in the delivery room to ban the baby's father from being there, granting mothers that ability due to privacy and health concerns from stress during delivery.
In an opinion released Monday, the judge cited privacy rights outlined in two federal abortion cases.
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The case was argued over the telephone last year in Passaic County while Rebecca DeLuccia went into labor and delivered a girl. Her estranged fiance, Steven Plotnick, wanted access to the baby at birth.
Plotnick's attorney, Laura Nunnink, told The Star-Ledger of Newark
it was important to her client to bond with the baby.
According to The Star-Ledger, the judge wrote: "Any mother is under immense physical and psychological pain during labor. … The order the father seeks would invade her sphere of privacy and force the mother to provide details of her medical condition to a person she does not desire to share that information with."
He also noted that Plotnick's "unwanted" presence in the delivery room could stress DeLuccia during labor, putting her and the baby both at risk for medical issues.
DeLuccia's lawyer, Joanna Brick, says DeLuccia allowed Plotnick to visit, and his lawyer says he saw the child.
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