A teenager is suing an abortion clinic on behalf of his unborn child who he said was terminated against his wishes.
Ryan Magers, 19, claims his girlfriend terminated her pregnancy when she was six weeks’ pregnant, even though he begged her not to, according to legal documents.
In the first lawsuit of its kind, Magers is suing on behalf of the aborted fetus “Baby Roe” and himself in an Alabama court in the US, Fox News reported.
“Baby Roe’s innocent life was taken by the profiteering of the Alabama Women’s Centre and while no court will be able to bring Baby Roe back to life, we will seek the fullest extent of justice on behalf of Baby Roe and Baby Roe’s father,” Attorney Brent Helms said in a statement.
“The time is ripe for consistency in Alabama’s jurisprudence: either we fully acknowledge the personhood of the unborn or we cherry pick which innocents we protect and which ones we trash for profit.”
Judge Frank Barger allowed the teen to name his aborted child as a co-plaintiff in his case against the women’s clinic four months after the state passed a law that gave fetuses the same legal rights as any other person.
The teen’s attorney believed the case could make it to the Alabama Supreme Court.
The case has alarmed pro-choice activists who say it undermines women’s rights.
Breaking: Alabama allows a suit from man AND fetus against abortion clinic where his girlfriend terminated her pregnancy. First under Alabama’s new personhood law, asserting woman’s rights third in line. Very scary case. https://t.co/xXCSyJN3AQ
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) March 5, 2019