The Wall Street Journal has a more detailed version of this sad story. The short version is that an impoverished mother of three, Jennie Linn McCormack, found herself with an unplanned pregnancy which she couldn't afford. Unfortunately, she also found herself in Idaho, a state with some of the strictest anti-choice laws in the country. Having no money to get to the closest abortion-provider in Salt Lake City, Ms. McCormack ordered RU-486, a drug which causes a non-surgical abortion, over the internet. One of her neighbors then turned her in to the police, who came to her home and confiscated the fetus. Based on their autopsy, the Bannock County prosecutors charged her with violating Idaho's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, a law enacted based on a belief that a fetus can feel pain from 22 weeks. She was also charged with ending her pregnancy outside the care of a licensed physician.
First they came for the doctors. Now they're coming for us, women who are just excercising our constitutional right to control our own bodies.
Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law requiring women to determine the legality of each kind of abortion procedure places an undue burden on her access to abortion services. They also found that prosecuting women for having an abortion in a manner other than prescribed by law is probably illegal.
Funny, I don't feel like celebrating. I feel like it really sucks to be poor in rural America. I feel like the Idaho legislators were trying very hard to ban all abortions, or at least force women to spend a lot of money and be humliated by a crowd of screaming protestors. I feel grateful for my neighbors who hate my siding but mind their own, damn business.
I feel like giving $5 to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.
Here, have a video. An Ohio legislator will demonstrate his deep understanding of female psychology. Haha, just kidding.