Arpaio Requires Female Prisoners to Pre-Pay Transportation and Security Costs Before Obtaining Abortion Care « The Washington Independent
Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, not content with arresting illegal immigrants despite having lost his federal authority to do so, is now resisting a federal court order to allow women in his prisons to obtain abortions, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is suing him over this in Arizona.
Although Arpaio hasn’t exactly forbidden the women from getting abortion care, he has imposed a new requirement that the women pre-pay for transportation and security costs before being allowed to get medical care. The ACLU claims in its brief to the Arizona Superior Court that the requirement is unconstitutional, and violates a 2005 court order that Arpaio provide inmates access to abortions.
ACLU lawyers will be in an Arizona court on Tuesday asking the court to stop Arpaio from charging the women up to $600 before accessing abortion services.