An Alabama man is now officially one of the first people to sue a facility for allowing an ex-partner to seek an abortion without his permission. Ryan Magers is suing the Alabama Women’s Center, his ex, and three of the AWC’s business partners on the basis that the fetus “died a wrongful death.” The lawsuit also accuses the AWC of handing out medication “designed to kill unborn children.”
Here’s the chilling details of this case.
- Magers, who is 19, reports that the unborn fetus, named “Baby Roe,” was “euthanized” without his permission. Although he admits his 16-year-old partner told him of her plans, he states that he pleaded with her not to go through with it.
- The woman went through with the abortion despite Magers’ protests. AWC prescribed her an at-home abortion pill at the six-week mark of her pregnancy; she took it and the child was aborted a short time later.
- Magers’ lawyer, Brent Helms, explained why the lawsuit is more than just an attempt to recoup funds in a Fox News interview. “We are suing the clinic, the manufacturer of the pill, going after the doctor and going after any professional organization the doctor is affiliated with,” he explained. “…if they are all held liable, it would put a dent on the profitability of abortions.”
- Helms also pointed out that a lack of precedent does not mean such a case won’t win in court. “The truth is, no one has ever done this,” he admitted. “The question is, why not? He got excited about being dad. He started working double shifts…”
- The man’s lawyer is also a staunch believer in the rights of men whose partners find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. “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.”
- Abortion rights activists, however, are not so excited by the news. Many are calling it a terrifying example of what might happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Some NARAL Pro-Choice america’s president Ilyse Hogue said it was a “very scary case” and accused both Helms and Magers of “asserting woman’s rights third in line.”