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
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .