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January-13-97

Judge Appoints Lawyer for Inmate's Fetus

Jailed on drug charges, a pregnant New Jersey woman is scheduled to be temporarily released so that she may have an abortion. Judge Leonard Arnold, however, has appointed an anti-abortion lawyer to represent the woman's fetus in court. The ACLU and the Morristown Legal Center for the Defense of Life have been in court over the woman's fourth month old fetus and Judge Arnold appointed the fetus a lawyer because, "I have decided that this unborn child requires representation." David Rocah, a lawyer for the ACLU commented that this appointment completely stepped beyond the bounds of judicial power; "New Jersey courts have held over and over that a fetus is not a person," Rocah said. The ACLU will appeal the court's decision to appoint the lawyer.

Media Resources: : The Nando Times - January 30, 1997