Judge rules that man can sue clinic for girlfriend's abortion
An Alabama judge has recognised an aborted foetus's legal rights, allowing a man whose girlfriend ended her pregnancy at six weeks to sue the maker of her pill and the clinic that gave it to her.
Ryan Magers can now sue Alabama Women's Centre for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, Alabama, on behalf on the aborted foetus.
Madison County probate judge Frank Barger decreed that "Baby Roe" is a person and allowed Mr Magers (19) to name the foetus as a co-plaintiff in the suit for "wrongful death".
Abortion rights groups said the decision sets a dangerous precedent at a time when "foetal rights" are gaining currency in US law.