Tenn. woman files $1.5M suit against sheriff over abortion rights

Tenn. woman files $1.5M suit against sheriff over abortion rights
  1. Tenn. woman files $1.5M suit against sheriff over abortion rights
    A Tenn. woman arrested in 2015 filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against a sheriff who allegedly denied her abortion request while in jail. …

A Tennessee woman arrested in 2015 filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against a county sheriff who allegedly denied her abortion request while in jail, court documents show.

Kei'Choura Cathey, 29, alleges in court documents obtained by the Tennessean, that Maury County Sheriff Buck Rowland told her his department would not fund her transportation to a clinic unless the abortion resulted from rape or if it was “medically necessary.”

Cathey was arrested on charges of robbery and murder conspiracy. Police said she and two other people shot Javontay Garrett, 27, during a home invasion to steal drugs.

Lee Brooks, her lawyer, sought a lower bond, but by the time she was able to pay in January 2016, she was midway through her pregnancy.

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Cathey had the child in April.

“Courts have generally said prisoners retain their access abortion even if they‘re incarcerated, Brigitte Amiri of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom project told the newspaper.

However, she says the U.S. Supreme Court has not decided on issues about service payments or whether facilities would require accommodations since every case is different.

Kei'Choura Cathey was arrested along with Michael Martin, 24, in connection to a home invasion turned shooting in Columbia, Tenn. 

Kei'Choura Cathey was arrested along with Michael Martin, 24, in connection to a home invasion turned shooting in Columbia, Tenn. 


A woman in a similar case in Alabama filed a lawsuit in 2015, claiming the sheriff of Lauderdale County denied her abortion rights because she needed a co…

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