TORONTO, Feb 17 (  In an unprecedented ruling last week, Judge Hugh O’Connell of the Ontario Court’s General Division ordered Mark Tatoff to pay for the prenatal expenses of his pregnant girlfriend Andrea Danovitch. Prior to this ruling, support payments had only been awarded once the baby had been born. Hence, this case recognizes preborn children as having rights.

Grant Gold, a Toronto family lawyer interviewed by the Globe and Mail, noted that the judge in the case “is saying that as soon as you are conceived, you are a child for the purposes of support.” “This is the first case where a fetus has been treated as a child, he said.