Jennifer Franks Reynolds -- mother of a 10-month-old baby -- is about 8 weeks pregnant.
She wants an abortion.Her husband, Michael Jon Reynolds, wants a divorce. And the children. Both of them.
In filing for divorce last week, Mr. Reynolds obtained from 3rd District Judge David S. Young a temporary restraining order that prohibits Mrs. Reynolds from getting an abortion.
The judge's action, however, has outraged civil rights attorneys, who plan to fight the order at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Young acted unconstitutionally when he allowed Mr. Reynolds to get a court order against his wife's desire for an abortion, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which called a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
"We feel it's outrageous," said ACLU spokesman Michele Parish-Pixler. "We cannot allow a constitutional infringement on a woman's right to choose. And the Supreme Court is behind us.
She said the Supreme Court has ruled that no one can stop a woman from getting an abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.
"It's overreaching on the part of the judge to issue any type of restraint on the first trimester," Pixler-Parish said.
Julie Bryan, attorney for Mrs. Reynolds, said the Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that when a husband and wife disagree over an abortion, the decision rests with the woman because she bears the physical burden of carrying the child.
Mr. Reynolds obtained the restraining order because he is "morally opposed to abortion and because he is seeking the custody of the children in the divorce proceeding," said his attorney, Evan Hurst.
The Reynoldses married in November 1986.