A probate court in Madison County, Alabama, has recognised a woman's aborted fetus, dubbed "Baby Roe" as a person with rights, allowing a man to proceed with his lawsuit against the women's health clinic where his ex-girlfriend obtained abortion care two years ago.
According to ABC 31, Ryan Magers says he begged his ex-girlfriend not to have an abortion and that the aim of his lawsuit is to "give a voice" to other men who want to say in a woman's reproductive choices.
"I'm here for the men who actually want to have their baby," Magers said. "It was just like my whole world fell apart," Magers said.
Magers has named Alabama Women's Centre and the pharmaceutical company that makes the “abortion pill” that terminated the woman's pregnancy in a wrongful death lawsuit.
"I'm here for the men who actually want to have their baby," Magers told ABC 31. "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' lawyer J. Brent Helms said that before Mager's ex got the abortion when she was six weeks pregnant, he had sought legal action to try and stop her, he revealed in an interview with Refinery29. "Ryan was all about family. He took on extra jobs to be able to pay for the birth of Baby Roe," Helms said. "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," Helms added.
The attorney could also not give an exact age for Mager's ex at the time of the pregnancy, saying she was either 17 or 18 years old. After the abortion, Helms said the couple's relationship fell apart and they broke up.