An Arizona court rejected an appeal by a woman who faked a cancer diagnosis in order to get the state to pay for her abortion, ruling she must complete a 28-year prison sentence.
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that 32-year-old Chalice Renee Zeitner must serve out her 28-year sentence following her 2016 conviction of fraud, forgery and theft after she got a late-term abortion by pretending that she had cancer, according to ABC15.
Her lawyers tried to posit that the prosecuting attorney had violated her privacy by accessing and using her medical records in court, which showed that her testimony was false. The prosecution also used statements from Zeitner’s doctor who confirmed that she had lied about her cancer diagnoses.
Following testimony from both the defense and the prosecution, the court ruled to reject Zeitner’s appeal for a lesser sentence and shorter prison time, stating the prosecution had violated no privacy rights because Arizona law states that doctors can disclose otherwise confidential medical information if they suspect that their client is behaving untruthfully. (RELATED: Feminist Sociologist Says We Should Joke More About Abortion).
Zeitner also received unrelated charges for drunk driving and attempting to defraud a military charity.
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