State Judge's Ruling Could Bar Dads From Delivery Rooms

TRENTON, N.J. (March 12, 2014) A New Jersey state judge, citing a woman's right to privacy, has ruled that mothers can decide who will be with them when giving birth and that extends to the fathers of the infants.

In the 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, N.J., while Rebecca DeLuccia went into labor and delivered a girl.

Her estranged fiancée, Steven Plotnick, wanted access to the baby at birth.

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

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

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