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Saturday, July 11, 2009

O Arizona: $500 For Transportation to a Clinic!? Sheriff Joe In Court Again

The ACLU filed a motion in Maricopa Superior Court last week to stop the sheriff from requiring inmates who ask for abortions to pay up front for transportation costs to the procedure.

“He can't ask people to pre-pay to receive these medical services,” ACLU Executive Director Alessandra Solar Meetze said.

The ACLU’s action stems from a December 2008 incident.

According to court documents, an inmate known as “Sarah Poe” requested an abortion.

A “Lieutenant informed her she would have to prepay for transportation costs," the documents said.

Poe was charged $500 before obtaining a ride to a doctor’s office where an abortion was performed.

Meetze said the prepayment requirement violates a woman’s constitutional right to have timely access to an abortion.

link: ACLU Targets Arpaio Over Abortion - Phoenix News Story - KPHO Phoenix


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