Inmate access to elective abortion social policy medicine and the law angela thomast a society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals fyodor dostoevsky i introduction in 1973 the supreme court in deciding the landmark case roe v wade held that having access to abortion is a . The most compelling social policy arguments in the inmate access to elective abortion debate concern the interests and welfare of the pregnant inmate over the past fifteen years the number of incarcerated women has increased by 92 188 due to the united states war on drugs drug related offenses caused almost 40 of this increase. Download citation on researchgate on feb 1 2009 angela thomas and others published inmate access to elective abortion social policy medicine and the law. Inmate access to elective abortion social policy medicine and the law elective abortions are wrong and using the fetal tissue to possibly help someone else does not make it right lets put a limit on fetal tissue research. Policy of requiring her to obtain a court order to receive an elective medical procedure including an elective abortion the prisoner claimed that the court order policy frustrated her decision to abort her pregnancy her constitutional right and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment through deliberate indifference to a serious medical need
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