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Press Release: For immediate release, Monday, April 2, 2001

ABORTIONIST AGREES THAT SUPREME COURT SHOULD HEAR HIS PATIENT'S ANONYMITY APPEAL

MELBOURNE, FL -- In an unusual twist to a court case, a defendant abortionist agrees with a former patient who is suing him. The patient, a mother who was forcibly held on the table against her will during an abortion procedure at the Aware Woman Center for Choice, Inc. abortion clinic (now closed) has sued abortionist William Egherman and the abortion clinic in federal court. The patient is using the alias Jane Roe, II in this lawsuit to protect her privacy as guaranteed by the Roe v. Wade decision based on the privacy rights found by the Roe court in the 14th Amendment. The case is Jane Roe, II v. Aware Woman, et al. See http://www.forerunner.com/fyi/law/roe-v-aw/index.html

At the district court level, the court ruled that Jane Roe, II could not proceed anonymously in the case. This was the first time that an abortion patient has ever been denied anonymity in federal court. Roe appealed this decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. On November 3, 2000 a 3 judge panel heard oral arguments in the case. After waiting more than 90 days for a decision, Jane Roe, II took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court where her petition for writ of certiorari was filed on February 12, 2001 and placed on the docket February 14, 2001 as No. 00-1301.

Aware Woman abortion clinic and abortionist Egherman filed separate Briefs in Opposition. As expected, Aware Woman opposes the petition and encourages the court to violate the privacy of their own patient, Jane Roe, II. So much for being in business to help women and protect their privacy.

In a surprise move, abortionist Egherman filed a Brief in Opposition but in conclusion says he "does not oppose this Court's granting the relief which Ms. Roe has requested in her Petition for Writ of Certiorari. . ."

This case is one of 6 petitions for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding application of the FACE law. The entire history of this and the other 5 petitions, including other court documents, can be accessed at http://www.forerunner.com/cc/court/index.html

Jane Roe, II's attorney is Christopher Sapp, Esq. who can be contacted at (321)268-8758

Contact: Meredith Raney, Spokesman,
Christians For Life
Melbourne, Florida
(321)254-5481
Email: Meredith Raney

ATTACHMENT:
Clip from the Jane Roe, II v. Aware Woman Complaint, see
http://www.forerunner.com/fyi/law/roe-v-aw/1comp070999.htm for entire Complaint.

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