The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State’s request for a stay of a federal judge’s order to allow a female inmate at the state prison in Vandalia to have an abortion. Federal Judge Dean Whipple of Kansas City has ordered Corrections Department officials to take “Jane Roe” to an abortion clinic in St. Louis Saturday morning. The appeals panel denied a motion to stay, and now the Attorney General’s office is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. A spokesman for the Attorney General says the office hopes to get an answer Friday evening.
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