Thursday, December 13, 2012

Key Abortion Fight To Hear Summary Arguments In Idaho Court Next Week

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Jennie Linn McCormack sits with her attorney, Richard Hearn

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill is set to hear summary judgment arguments in a Pocatello courtroom Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the controversial lawsuit over Idaho's abortion restrictions.

The case surrounds Jennie Linn McCormack, a single mother of three, who learned that she was pregnant in 2010. The father was out of the picture and McCormack was living a meager existence, primarily depending on child support checks. She purchased RU-486 off the Internet. RU-486 is medically recommended only with the first nine weeks of pregnancy. But McCormack said it was possible that the fetus was further along—possibly as many 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.

McCormack's attorney, Richard Hearn, is also a doctor and he joined her case as another plaintiff, arguing that he wants to provide abortion services in the future and that Idaho law bars him from performing the procedure.

In June, McCormack told the Los Angeles Times that the case had turned her into a pariah in Pocatello. She had to quit her job at a dry cleaner's after too many clients said they didn't want her handling their clothes.

"My neighbors gave me nasty looks when I'd go out in public. They'd get all whispery: 'That's her,'" McCormack told the Times. "My kids, they have friends that say stuff to them, and my older two, I feel that they're a little bit ashamed. And that's hard."

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