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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case on Incarcerated Women’s Abortion Rights

October 8, 2008

I haven’t yet had a chance to review this case in detail, but Rachel (the other Rachel!) at RH Reality Check reports that the Supreme Court has “rejected an appeal from the state of Missouri, which had hoped for one more chance to defend its unconstitutional policy banning abortions for women in the prison system.”

The case, Crawford v. Roe, involves a Missouri woman who was in prison and sought an abortion, something that had previously been allowed if the woman could afford the procedure. When transportation was denied in this case, the ACLU sued on behalf of the prisoner. See Rachel’s post for details, analysis, and links to additional resources.

See also her previous post for background. Ms. Magazine has a brief summary as well.

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