A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled that the father of an unborn child has no right to be informed when the mother is in labor if such a notification contradicts the mother’s wishes. The law also states that the father has no right to be present at the birth of the child in such a situation.
As noted by the Daily Kos, Superior Court Judge Soheil Mohammed’s ruling denied the “putative father” the right to be in the delivery room over the mother’s objection.
The ruling represents an extension of the right to privacy and a woman’s right to control over her body and her pregnancy.
Mohammed was presiding over a case in which the parents were unmarried and estranged.
“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,” Mohammed wrote yesterday in Plotnick v. DeLuccia.
According to the Star-Ledger, Mohammed, who sits in Passaic County, stated that the “father’s unwelcomed presence could cause additional stress on the mother and child.”
On Nov. 19, 2013, the father in question brought an emergency motion. DeLuccia had gone into labor, and participated in the hearing via phone call from the hospital. DeLuccia delivered the child later the same day; Mohammed denied the relief from the bench.
The judge cited the doctrine from the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, in which it was established that women have the right to control their bodies during pregnancy. He also cited Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 case that struck down the state law requiring married women to notify their husbands before having an abortion.
Also cited was the 2005 court decision that disclosure of a patient’s hospital admission to the press would violate the New Jersey Hospital Patient Bill of Rights, as decided in Kinsella v. NYT Television.
Mohammed noted that the father’s right to be present in the delivery room against the mother’s wishes is an issue that has “never been litigated in New Jersey or the United States.”
As Brian Schwartz, chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, said, the decision “clears up the issue for once and for all that the woman gets to make that decision.”
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Doctors in Florida were forced to induce labor for a pregnant woman after she and other family members were hospitalized from eating steak purchased at Walmart. Unbeknownst to 31-year-old Jessica Rosado, she, her 24-year-old boyfriend Ronnie Morales, and Rosado’s two six and seven-year-old daughters had ingested meat laced with LSD.
Morales was reportedly the first to get ill after eating the steak, and after exhibiting some alarming symptoms, Rosado called 911 before driving him the hospital herself. Once at the hospital, Rosado started to get sick and was immediately hospitalized. Right around the same time, Rosado’s two daughters started to exhibit the same symptoms, including hallucinations and difficulty breathing.
“There was no indication that we know of right now that the meat tasted funny," said Tampa police chief Jane Castor. “It was the physical symptoms they had, which included hallucinations, dizziness, rapid heart rate and difficulty breathing. The family has no idea where this may have come from and there's no indication of any involvement on the part of the family.”
Rosado, who was nine months pregnant at the time of her hospitalization, was forced to deliver her baby. The child is reportedly healthy.
Walmart released a statement saying that they are “deeply disturbed” about what happened and are “taking it very seriously."
"We know our customers expect safe, quality food and we require our suppliers to meet the highest of food safety standards,” reads the statement from Walmart. “It's unclear where and how the food was tampered with or if the tampering occurred after purchase. However, out of an abundance of caution, we have pulled the remaining product from the store,"
Police say the store is cooperating with their investigation.
Since the 1950’s, acetaminophen has been one of the most commonly used pain relievers by women during pregnancy. The drug, most commonly marketed as Tylenol, has long been viewed as a safe and effective way to help pregnant women cope with the pain and discomfort of pregnancy.
A new study conducted by UCLA and the University of Aarhus in Denmark casts doubt on whether acetaminophen truly is a safe pain reliever for pregnant women. The study found that taking acetaminophen during pregnancy is linked to a higher risk of having children with ADHD and hyperkinetic disorder – a severe form of ADHD.
The study looked at 64,322 women and children who participated in a Danish cohort from 1996-2002. Acetaminophen use was tracked via multiple phone interviews and surveys throughout the women’s pregnancies. Then, researchers followed up with the women when their children were seven years old. The study found that children whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were at a 13 to 37 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with ADHD, being prescribed ADHD medication, or being diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder.
The longer a woman took acetaminophen during pregnancy increased her child’s risk of an ADHD diagnosis. Children born to mothers who used acetaminophen for over 20 weeks of their pregnancies were at a 50 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder.
“We know there has been a rapid increase in childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, over the past decades, and it's likely that the rise is not solely attributable to better diagnoses or parental awareness,” senior researcher Dr. Beate Ritz said. “It's likely there are environmental components as well.”
Ritz added that studies tracking acetaminophen's side effects in animals confirm the drug is a hormone disruptor.
"It's known from animal data that acetaminophen is a hormone disruptor, and abnormal hormonal exposures in pregnancy may influence fetal brain development," Ritz said.
Fellow researcher Dr. Jorn Olson said the study’s findings signal a need for more research on the topic.
"We need further research to verify these findings, but if these results reflect causal associations, then acetaminophen should no longer be considered a 'safe' drug for use in pregnancy,” Olson said.
Source: UCLA Newsroom
In a recent Facebook post, Virginia State Senator Steve Martin argued that pregnant women are merely “hosts” who should not have the right to abort a pregnancy.
In his original statement, the Republican said that he will not “do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive.”
However, he continued on to say that “once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.”
Martin has since changed the Facebook post to say “bearer of the child”, rather than “host.”
On Monday, he said that he felt that his use of the word “hosts” was clearly sarcastic, but that he edited the original wording because it quickly became evident that people took it the wrong way.
“I don’t see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way,” Martin said. “It was me playing their argument back to them. Obviously I consider pregnant women to be mothers.”
Martin’s post was written in reaction to a Valentine’s Card he received from the Virginia Pro-Choice coalition. The front of the card said “don’t break our hearts”; the inside expressed disappointment in Martin over his “record of voting to restrict critical healthcare for women and families.”
The card continued on to state that all women “deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options – including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion.”
In his response, Martin slammed the reproductive rights’ advocates for using “ill defined terms” and for promoting “nonsense.”
“If it’s your expectation that I should support such nonsense,” Martin wrote, “I will be breaking your heart.”
Martin has previously supported a fetal personhood bill, which would ban all abortions and could even affect the legality of some forms of contraception.
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A couple in Australia found out that their unborn child has two brains and two faces, but despite doctors' suggesting they terminate the pregnancy, the couple have decided to fight for their child’s life.
Renee Young and Simon Howie were excited when they found out they were having twins, but an ultrasound led doctors to discover that it was just one baby with a rare medical condition called diprosopus. For babies with this condition, parts or all of the face are duplicated.
"Shocked, confused, a little bit of everything," said Howie of being told about his unborn child’s condition. "I wasn't sure how to take in what he was explaining to me."
According to reports, there have only been around 35 cases of this rare disorder in recorded history, and not one has survived any significant amount of time after being born. For this reason, doctors suggested that the couple terminate the pregnancy, but Howie and Young decided they wanted to spend whatever time they could with their child.
"It'd be the same as being a child with autism or Down syndrome,” said Howie. “I don't believe in terminating the baby if it's healthy and growing fine, and everything is going to plan.”
Young agrees with Howie, adding that they are looking forward to meeting their child regardless of how long it lives.
“If I only get two days with the baby, I only get two days with the baby,” said Young. “At least I have some time with it. That's just the time we actually get to spend with the baby and its brothers and sisters get to meet their little brother or sister."
Young is currently 19 weeks pregnant. The couple says that doctors urged them to have an abortion because their child would be “looked upon as a freak.”
A Massachusetts woman charged with murdering her pregnant roommate and stealing the fetus to pass off as her own is headed to court this week to begin her trial.
39-year-old Julie Corey was arrested in 2009 after she strangled and beat her pregnant friend Darlene Haynes to death, cut her open, and stole her unborn child.
"Her intention was to take the baby away from Darlene Haynes," said Assistant District Attorney Dan Bennett during the trial’s opening statements. Bennett also said that Corey faked her own pregnancy for months before murdering 23-year-old Haynes and stealing her child.
Corey allegedly told her boyfriend that she had given birth to the baby following the incident, and actually convinced him that Hayne’s child was theirs. The couple took the baby and moved to New Hampshire right after the brutal murder and kidnapping, but it was there that authorities caught up with them after finding Haynes body still in the apartment. Corey’s boyfriend was never charged in the case.
As the trial begins, Corey’s lawyer claims that she is innocent. The defense will argue that there is no evidence to show that the woman murdered Haynes, and they claim that Corey actually obtained the baby legally. Corey has been in prison since being arrested.
Haynes' baby is alive today and living with its biological father.
The story of a nun giving birth went viral last week, and now, the very first picture of Sister Roxana Rodriguez has been released.
As Opposing Views recently reported, the 33-year-old nun, originally from El Salvador, was rushed to the hospital complaining of intense stomach cramps, and it was there that doctors discovered she was actually in labor. Rodriguez claims she had no idea that she was pregnant, but she gave birth to the healthy baby boy and named him Francis, in honor of the current Pope.
The newly released picture shows Sister Rodriguez taking her vows and officially becoming a nun in September 2012.
“I am so happy,” Rodriguez reportedly said. “I feel more of a mother than a nun, I think that's obvious. I decided to call him Francis in honor of our wonderful South American Pope. I do not feel of guilt. I will be keeping him and bringing him up. He is a gift from God. I am little worried about all the publicity, not only in Italy, but in El Salvador and all over the world. Everyone is talking about this and I don't think I will be able to return to my home country, let alone Rieti.”
Sister Rodriguez will not be allowed to be a nun any more, as she broke the sacred vow of chastity, and the Catholic Church is reportedly embarrassed by her pregnancy. According to reports, when doctors told her she was pregnant, Rodriguez responded, “It’s not possible, I’m a nun.” It’s believed that the nun got pregnant on a trip home to El Salvador to renew her passport back in March or April where there was a “rekindling of a childhood flame.”
A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University has written a book, citing multiple academic studies, claiming that a mother’s lifestyle can predict the adult life of her baby.
Dr. Dick Swabb says that pregnant women who smoke or lead a stressful lifestyle are more likely to have children who are gay adults.
"Pregnant women suffering from stress are also more likely to have homosexual children of both genders because their raised level of the stress hormone cortisol affects the production of fetal sex hormones,” Swabb says.
He said the fetal brain begins developing at two weeks and any toxin introduced into the mother at this time impacts the baby’s developing.
"Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters," he told the Sunday Times.
He cited a study of women taking synthetic estrogen from 1939 to 1960 to reduce the change of miscarriage. Their daughters had greater probability of being bisexual or lesbian.
Swabb says drinking and taking drugs can also lower the I.Q. of the child.
"In women who drink a lot, cells that were meant to migrate across the foetal brain can end up leaving the brain altogether," he said. "Even in women who drink just a glass of wine a day we see effects [such as] lower IQ and hyperactivity. There is no safe level."
Swabb believes that research proves that child development during pregnancy is directly responsible for adult lifestyles.
Other research has suggested that males with older brothers are more likely to be gay. For each older brother a man has, his odds of being gay increases 33 percent, according to Canadian psychologist Ray Blanchard.
The Supreme Court of Salta, Argentina, has overruled a lower court’s decision forbidding a raped 14 year old girl from having an abortion.
The young girl was raped by her mother’s partner. When she found out she was pregnant, the girl and her mother sought an abortion. Though abortion is illegal in Argentina, there are several cases where exceptions apply. One of these exceptions is when the pregnancy stems from sexual assault.
Argentina’s federal supreme court ruled last year that women may legally have abortions when they were raped or when their lives are at risk by giving birth. The court also ruled that victims could not be punished for having abortions, and that a signed doctor’s note would be the only criteria needed to seek out an abortion.
So on December 17th, when a judge ordered the young girl to carry out her pregnancy, her mother was outraged and claimed the judge exceeded his authority in his decision.
"There is a judge that is making my daughter have a baby that she does not want. It's horrible," the mother said.
Abortion rights groups in Argentina were understandably angered by the case as well.
“When it comes to a woman’s body and her authority over her own body, what we have is a male-dominated, patriarchal majority in society and the Catholic Church,” said Mabel Gabarra with the National Campaign for Free and Legal Abortion.
With activist support behind them, the mother and her daughter appealed the court’s decision. The Salat Supreme Court sided with them, and granted the girl the right to have an abortion.
Argentina is quite progressive on a number of issues. Gay marriage is legal and transgender rights are recognized in the country. Nevertheless, abortion is still considered a social taboo.
A Florida teenager was scared that her parents would be mad if they found out she was pregnant, so when it came time to deliver the baby, she decided to strangle the newborn to death immediately after giving birth in her bedroom and hide the body in a shoebox.
Cassidy Goodson, 14, was charged with first-degree murder and tried as an adult for killing her newborn infant. During the 2012 trial, Goodson demonstrated what she did using a Santa Claus doll.
"Its eyes weren’t open but I felt to see if it was breathing or not, and (it was breathing) so I put my hands around its throat to make it stop breathing," said Goodson during her demonstration. "I wanted it to stop breathing so I wouldn't get in trouble."
Goodson reportedly wore baggy clothes to hide that she was pregnant because she didn’t want to disappoint her parents. According to reports, the young girl even went so far as to show her mother false pregnancy tests that all said negative.
To make matters even more disturbing, Goodson claimed that while she was in labor, she used a pair of scissors to pry the nine-pound baby out.
Cassidy’s mother Teresa Goodson claims she had no idea that her daughter was pregnant or had given birth at all. Teresa stumbled upon the shoebox that her daughter had put the dead baby in three days after the murder. She said she smelled a foul odor coming from her daughter’s room, and upon investigation, discovered the box with the deceased baby. She immediately went to authorities to report it.
Teresa thought that her daughter was just getting fatter and had no idea that she was pregnant. “Honestly, if I would have known, this would have never happened,” she said.
At the end of the trial, late last year, Cassidy Goodson pleaded out of her first-degree murder charge and had it lessened to manslaughter. She was sentenced to 18 months in a maximum-security facility for juveniles because the judge thought that a harsher sentence would have just been a second life lost. In the end, everyone agreed that Goodson deserved a second chance.