Missouri Abortion Case

By: AP
By: AP

A Missouri prison inmate will be allowed to have an abortion, now that the Supreme Court has lifted a temporary stay.

Missouri law forbids spending tax dollars to facilitate an abortion, but a federal judge ruled that the prison system was blocking the woman from exercising her rights. He said the state had to pay to transport the woman to the clinic for the abortion.

Justice Clarence Thomas, acting alone, granted a stay late Friday night. But the full Supreme Court lifted that without comment today.

Governor Matt Blunt said the original decision "offends Missouri values."

The woman, described as being in her 20s, says she discovered she was pregnant shortly after being arrested in California on a Missouri parole violation. She says she tried to get an abortion in California but was transferred back to Missouri before it could be performed.

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