A Tennessee woman who had been arrested on robbery and murder conspiracy charges two years ago has sued her local sheriff for $1.5 million dollars for allegedly denying her an abortion while she was incarcerated. According to the lawsuit, Kei’Choura Cathey, 29, discovered she was with child weeks after the arrest and told Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland via her attorney that she desired an abortion.

Rowland advised that the state could not provide funding for the abortion unless it was “medically necessary to save the mother’s life or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.” He told WTVF-TV this week that he counseled with his command staff and medical team on the matter, and since corrections policy states that voluntary procedures must be covered by the inmate, Cathey would have to pay for her own abortion. READ MORE