After learning his girlfriend was pregnant, 19-year-old Ryan Magers claims he “pleaded” with her not to terminate the pregnancy, but that she wouldn’t change her mind. Now, a court has decided to recognize the aborted fetus as being a person with rights and has chosen to allow Magers to sue on the fetus’ behalf.
The decision was rendered by a Madison County, Alabama, court. According to a report by Unilad, the lawsuit was filed against Alabama Women’s Center, the company’s employees, and a pharmaceutical company which made the medication used during the abortion features the fetus, dubbed “Baby Roe.”
“Baby Roe is listed as a plaintiff along with Magers.
The suit was filed approximately two years after Magers’ then-girlfriend allegedly went through with the abortion.
The court documents say Magers’ ex-girlfriend had a medicated abortion without his consent in February 2017. She was reportedly six weeks pregnant at the time.
Alabama Women’s Center owner Dalton Johnson said that, at six weeks pregnant, a woman could end a pregnancy with medication or surgery.
Magers asserts that he “pleaded” with his girlfriend to “change her mind.”
“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.”
Magers also claims that he is “here for the men who actually want to have their baby.” Brent Helms, Magers’ attorney, believes the case could make its way to the Supreme Court.
Many pro-choice activists are alarmed that the lawsuit is going forward, stating that Magers was trying to find a way to “exert control” over his then-girlfriend.
“This man was unable to force his girlfriend to continue a pregnancy, and so he’s taking an extreme action to exert control,” said Guttmacher Institute senior state issues manager Elizabeth Nash.
The clinic reportedly has until April 1 to formally respond to the lawsuit.