Monday, August 10, 2015

Article Explores Barriers To Abortion Rights For Jail Inmates

Truthout yesterday published a lengthy investigative article on the barriers sometimes thrown up by jails to prevent women inmates from obtaining abortions. The article begins:
Should sheriffs and other jail staff be allowed to decide whether a woman can obtain an abortion? When a woman is arrested and incarcerated, should her reproductive rights be stripped from her? Based on their actions against a woman in custody this past month, Rick Singleton, the sheriff of Lauderdale County Jail in Florence, Alabama, and district attorney Chris Connolly seem to think so. They may also have set a precedent for any other law enforcement seeking to prevent women from seeking abortions—throw up enough obstacles and she'll decide to carry the pregnancy to term.