Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Eastern Idaho Woman Arrested for Self-Abortion Ready to Take Case to Higher Court

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 9:01 AM

An attorney representing an eastern Idaho woman said he's prepared to take her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging an Idaho law that makes it a felony for a woman to perform her own abortion. The 1972 law pre-dates Roe v. Wade and the introduction of RU-486, a steroid used as an abortifacient.

The Northwest News Network reports that the woman, a single mom of three, learned that she was pregnant in 2010. The father was out of the picture and she was living a meager existence, primarily depending on child support checks. She purchased RU-486 off the Internet. According to the report, RU-486 is medically recommended only with the first nine weeks of pregnancy. But McCormick said it was possible that the fetus was further along - possibly as much as 20 weeks.

Police discovered the aborted fetus on the woman's back porch. She had told police that she didn't know what else to do with it. Her medical history and personal relationships surfaced in her preliminary court hearing.

According to NNN, the National Advocates for Pregnant Women has filed a legal brief on behalf of the accused.

"You pass laws that make it impossible for those physicians to provide abortions. And then women take the steps they need to take as they do all around the world, as they did before Roe," said Lynn Paltrow, president of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. "And you create a perfect setup for making literally millions of women subject to arrest for having illegal self-abortions."

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