Woman Sues Sheriff For 1.5 Million After Being Denied Abortion In Jail
A Tennessee inmate has sued the sheriff of Maury County after being denied access to an abortion in jail.
According to court papers, the sheriff argued that 29-year-old Kei’Choura Cathey’s life was not endangered and her pregnancy did not result from a crime.
The lawsuit points out that by denying Cathey the abortion, Sheriff Bucky Rowland had illegally restricted her the right granted by the Supreme Court for decades.
Cathey had detected her pregancy a few weeks after being arrested on robbery and murder conspiracy charges in July 2015. According to police records, she was one of three criminals who lured a man from Columbia, Tennessee to a home to steal drugs and money and kill him.
The child was born healthy and is not in Cathey’s custody, as she is serving a sentence lasting until 2022.
Cathey demands that the sheriff and Maury County pay her $1.5 million in damages for what the lawsuit calls a cruel and unjust refusal of her rights.
(Source: USA Today)