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What rights does a father have to an unborn child?


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2011-09-05 13:10:58
2011-09-05 13:10:58

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In the case of Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth, 428 U.S. 52, 96 S. Ct. 2831, 49 L. Ed. 2d 788 (1976), the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the right to have an abortion, striking the state's requirements of parental consent for minors and spousal consent for married women.

This is a matter of privacy since a fetus cannot be separated from a woman's body.

A father must establish his paternity after the birth through DNA testing that can be arranged through court in order to establish parental rights.

England and Wales

The foetus is considered part of the womans body (except in the case of deliberate murder) and therefore the father has no say whatsoever.

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In the United States, fathers have no rights regarding unborn children. In Kentucky, a father won't have rights to a child unless he's on the birth certificate or until he establishes paternity in court.

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In England and Wales, a foetus is considered to be a part of the womans body, so a father has no rights over it.


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