Quick Hit: Court Rules in Favor of V.M.

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By Jill

National Advocates for Pregnant Women announced this afternoon on their blog that the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled in favor of V.M.

We are happy to report that the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey has ruled in favor of VM in New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services vs. V.M. and B.G.. In the Matter of J.M.G.

In this case, a VM’s refusal to sign a consent form for cesarean surgery led to hospital interventions and a report of abuse to child welfare authorities. In the decision published today (PDF), the Appellate Division reversed the lower court’s termination of Ms. M’s parental rights and ruled that the child protective authority had failed to meet its burden of showing that Ms. M was “unwilling or unable to eliminate the harm facing the child” and that “termination of parental rights will not do more harm than good.” Although the case now goes back to the lower court, the decision appears to be a step towards Ms. M’s reunification with her child. [Read the rest of their blog post]

Congratulations to the family.

Read more:

Refusal of Unnecesarean Leads to Loss of Custody: V’s Story

New Jersey Cesarean Refusal Case: The “System” is Schizophrenic

Superior Court of New Jersey Terminates Cesarean-Refusing Mom’s Parental Rights

St. Barnabas Medical Center’s Cesarean Rate is 49.3 Percent