Supreme Court Refuses Missouri Abortion Rights Appeal
Yesterday the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the state of Missouri regarding a woman's right to abortion in prison. The original case against the state, Crawford v. Roe, stemmed from a 2005 incident where Missouri prison officials denied a female inmate transportation to an abortion facility. ACLU sued on behalf of the inmate, "Jane Roe," who eventually received medical treatment.
In July 2006, the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit on the behalf of all female prisoners seeking abortions in Missouri. In the class-action lawsuit, a Missouri District Court ruled that incarceration does not deny women's rights to an abortion. The Eighth Circuit US Court of Appeals affirmed the lower courtís decision.
Reproductive Freedom Project attorney Diana Kasdan said in an ACLU press release following the Circuit Court Decision, "Today's decision is consistent with rulings from across the country that women prisoners do not lose their reproductive rights once they are incarcerated. Prison officials must ensure that women have access to the full spectrum of pregnancy-related care, including abortion."
Media Resources: ACLU press release 1/22/2008, Reproductive Health Reality Check Blog 10/6/2008
5/22/2013 Army Commander Suspended for Adultery Amid Wave of Sexual Assaults - On Tuesday, Brigadier General Bryan T Roberts was suspended from his position as commander of the Fort Jackson, South Carolina training camp which trains approximately 60% of incoming female recruits pending an investigation into allegations of adultery.
Roberts was suspended following allegations of "adultery and a physical altercation." Colonel Christian Kubik, an Army spokesperson for the Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters "We don't have any evidence of any sexual assault. . . .