Sunday, October 16, 2005
US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas [official profile, PDF] issued a temporary stay late Friday blocking a lower federal court order allowing prison officials in Missouri to transport a pregnant inmate to a medical facility for an abortion. A Missouri law [text] prohibits the use of public funds "for the purpose of performing or assisting an abortion not necessary to save the life of the mother." The prisoner, represented by attorneys from the ACLU [advocacy website], has secured funds to pay for the procedure, but does not have money to pay for transport from the prison to the medical facitlity, an additional $350. . . . AP has more.
You have to hand it to the folks at Jurist (and the AP). It is virtually impossible to run down the opinions and orders in this case via the Web, but they are sure on top of the story. I question the link, however, to 2005 Mo. SB 2. The Missouri law in question is more likely § 188.205 of Mo. Rev. Stat. Ann. [tm]