First Fed Challenge To Pregnant Woman’s Arrest Under ‘Personhood’-Like Measure

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October 2, 2013
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FIRST FEDERAL CHALLENGE TO ARREST OF PREGNANT WOMAN UNDER"PERSONHOOD"-LIKE MEASURE FILED IN WISCONSIN
Suit filed to free woman arrested and detained in treatment facility in violation ofconstitutional rights and accepted medical standards

WISCONSIN - Attorneys for Alicia Beltran announced today that they filed a petition in federal court seeking her immediate release from state custody, challenging the constitutionality of a 1997 Wisconsin law that deprives pregnant women of their constitutional rights and permits state action that is dangerous to maternal, fetal, and child health.

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) vs. Jamie Loehnis, Jim Strachota, Mark D. Bensen, Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe (Respondents)

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) vs. Jamie Loehnis, Jim Strachota, Mark D. Bensen, Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe (Respondents)
October 01, 2013

Alicia Beltran (Applicant) v. Jamie Loehnis, in his official capacity as Executive Director of the Casa Clare Treatment Center; Jim Strachota, in his official capacity as Director of Human Services for Washington County, WI; Mark D. Bensen, in his official capacity as District Attorney for Washington County, WI; the Washington County Circuit Court, John Doe, in his official capacity as immediate custodian of Applicant Alicia Beltran (Respondents)
APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2241 BY A PERSON IN CUSTODY
Frank Declaration, Frank Exhibit A, Frank Exhibit B
Hartke Declaration, Hartke Exhibit A, Hartke Exhibit B
Imseis Declaration, Imseis Exhibit A
Schauberger Declaration, Schauberger Exhibit A
Stancliff Declaration, Stancliff Exhibit A, Stancliff Exhibit B, Stancliff Exhibit C
Kenneth A. De Ville & Loretta M. Kopelman, 1999. "Fetal Protection in Wisconsin's Revised Child Abuse Law: Right Goal, Wrong Remedy," Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 27: 332-42.
US District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin Decision and Order Dismissing Case