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Friday, 19 May 2017 11:09

Inmate Who Sued Prison for $1.5 Million Because She Couldn’t Abort Her Baby Loses Her Case

Written by  Micaiah Bilger

A federal judge dismissed a Tennessee woman’s lawsuit this month that alleged she was wrongfully denied an abortion while she was in jail, according to The Tennessean.

Kei’Choura Cathey, 29, of Tennessee, said she gave birth to her child in April 2016 after being released from jail too late to have an abortion.

In the lawsuit filed on Dec. 29, she claimed it was illegal for Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland to have denied her access to an abortion while she was in jail. According to the lawsuit, Rowland refused to help her access an abortion because her life was not in danger and her pregnancy was not the result of rape or incest. She asked to be awarded $1.5 million in damages.

Earlier this month, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe B. Brown dismissed Cathey’s case, saying she had waited too long to file the lawsuit and the statute of limitations had run out, according to the report.

Here’s more from the report:

The order ends the federal case against Maury County and its sheriff, Bucky Rowland. The judge in his ruling allowed Cathey to pursue a claim of negligence against the county in a state court, but that also could be subject to the statute of limitations, according to Daniel Murphy, Maury County attorney.

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