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
7/30/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Rules In Favor Of Mississippi's Last Clinic - Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic will remain open after a the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against HB 1390, the Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals.
Had the court not upheld the lower federal's court's injunction, HB 1390 would have shuttered Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the state's only comprehensive reproductive health center. . . .