Update: Female Prisoner Requests Leave For an Abortion
A federal judge says he will rule by Friday on a female prisoner's request for an abortion. U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon made the comment after hearing arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by the woman. The unnamed prisoner filed suit against Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton seeking a court order that would let her leave jail to travel to Huntsville for the procedure. The woman says in court documents she was unable to obtain an abortion before going to jail, and denying her one now violates her constitutional rights. She's in her first trimester of pregnancy. Singleton contends the woman isn't going through the proper paperwork procedure. And he testified that releasing the woman presents a security risk. Court documents don't say why the woman is in jail.