It treated a fetus as a child, for purposes of a custody battle.And in doing so, it threatened to limit the rights of a pregnant woman to move and travel.As the adults clash, sometimes it even becomes hard to consider the child at the center.Mc Kenna and Miller met through an online dating service in April 2012, and she got pregnant in late May, before their brief relationship ended.A list of advocacy groups for women and reproductive rights have banded together on Mc Kenna’s behalf, as they should.“I’ve never heard of a restriction on a pregnant woman telling her that she can’t move to another state,” University of Florida law professor Lee-Ford Tritt told me over the phone.We don't have to have an orifice tear open to make way for a giant head. -DWS What happened instead, because of the initial wrongheaded New York ruling, was that in September, the baby went to live with Miller and his wife in California, after the California court granted him primary custody.(The wife had the bad taste to reportedly put up a blog post, since deleted, in which she said that she and Miller provided a “loving and balanced family,” unlike Mc Kenna, who she said often used child care.) Now the usual gender roles are reversed: It’s Miller who has taken care of the baby for the last couple of months, and Mc Kenna who is trying to get her now-9-month-old child back.
In the old days, courts often gave priority to the mother.ere’s one I haven’t heard before: A woman gets pregnant in California by a famous athlete she is casually dating, decides to go to college in New York—tuition paid by the G. Bill—and after she moves there, before the baby is born, gets blasted by a New York judge for “her appropriation of the child while in utero,” which the judge calls “irresponsible” and “reprehensible.” I understand that fathers have rights, and I’m all for that.But this ruling took those rights way too far, to the point of dangerousness.The old legal problem for single mothers was deadbeat dads.The new one is fathers who are so eager to assert themselves that they run roughshod over women’s rights.She has seen him for only 10 days since she had to hand him over, according to her lawyer.