State Must Transport Prisoners for Abortions

ST. LOUIS, MO - A federal appeals court panel rules today that the state of Missouri must provide transportation to abortion clinics for inmates who want to undergo the procedure.

The state in 2005 tried to end the practice of driving prisoners to clinics for elective abortions.  An inmate at the prison in Vandalia filed a class-action suit.  A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a lower court ruling in favor of the inmate.

It isn't clear if the state will appeal.  Calls seeking comment from Attorney General Jay Nixon and Governor Blunt were not returned.

The ruling comes on the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, which established a nationwide right to abortion.

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