Report: Idaho Woman Treated As Pariah Over Abortion Challenge

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Jennie Linn McCormack sits with her attorney, Richard Hearn

This morning's Los Angeles Times further chronicles the story of Jennie Linn McCormack, an Idaho woman challenging a Gem State law that makes it illegal to obtain abortion pills from out-of-state doctors over the Internet. The 1972 law pre-dates Roe v. Wade and the introduction of RU-486, a steroid used as an abortifacient.

McCormack, a single mom of three, learned that she was pregnant in 2010. The father was out of the picture and she was living a meager existence, primarily depending on child support checks. She purchased RU-486 off the Internet. According to the report, RU-486 is medically recommended only with the first nine weeks of pregnancy. But McCormick said it was possible that the fetus was further along—possibly as many as 20 weeks.

Police discovered the aborted fetus on the woman's back porch. She had told police that she didn't know what else to do with it. Her medical history and personal relationships surfaced in her preliminary court hearing.

The case is now scheduled to be heard by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, July 9, as McCormack's suit asks the court to reject as unconstitutional Idaho's law making it illegal to obtain RU-486 from out-of-state doctors.

McCormack told the Times that the case had turned her into a pariah in Pocatello. She had to quit her job at a dry cleaner's after too many clients said they didn't want her handling their clothes.

"My neighbors gave me nasty looks when I'd go out in public. They'd get all whispery: 'That's her,'" McCormack told the Times. "My kids, they have friends that say stuff to them, and my older two, I feel that they're a little bit ashamed. And that's hard."

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