There are many controversial issues and when we discuss them, it is likely that we take a strong stance in one direction or the other. In the United States, abortion is one of those controversial issues and it seems as if people have very strong opinions and are not afraid to stand up for what they believe. It came to the forefront recently, however, when an abortion took place in Alabama and it is fueling a new debate associated with fetal ownership.
It happened when Ryan Magers’ girlfriend received an abortion at a clinic in Madison County. He is now pursuing a case against them because they did the abortion without having his consent. The issues are much deeper than just what you might think on the surface. The court has recognized that the unborn fetus has rights as an individual under Alabama law. That is what is allowing this 19-year-old to pursue this case.
Magers’ girlfriend had the procedure done two years ago but he is not giving up on his chance to have a day in court. He wants men in the future to be able to set the standards for that important decision, regardless of how the woman feels.
He had the following to say to a local news station: “I’m here for the men who actually want to have their baby. I believe every child from conception is a baby and deserves to live. I just tried to plead with her and plead with her and just talk to her about it and see what I could do, but in the end, there was nothing I could do to change her mind. Even though there’s nothing I can do for the situation I was in, there is something I can do for the future situations for other people.”
His girlfriend was approximately six weeks pregnant when she took two pills and aborted the fetus.
The lawyer representing this young man is J. Brent Helms and he said that Ryan was prepared to be a father.
“Ryan was all about family. He took on extra jobs to be able to pay for the birth of Baby Roe,” he said to Refinery 29. “He doesn’t know why she didn’t want to go through with the pregnancy. He’s not giving me a definitive answer to that question.”
The lawyer is defending his client but he also recognizes that the court should be on his side. If it is, it will have quite an effect on the consequences for both men and women. This would include what would happen if a female rape victim wanted to abort the child but the rapist said he wanted to be a father.
Helms said: “I think the answers to a lot of these questions will have to play out in the future depending on what the court rules. There could be a situation where a father has to give consent to an abortion, also, our Alabama legislature could carve out exceptions. It’s almost too early to tell.”