October 14, 1999

Cook County HospitalToday in League HistoryOctober 14, 1999—League Director Joe Scheidler attends oral arguments in Illinois Appellate Court in a case concerning whether Cook County Board President Richard Phelan had the authority to unilaterally reinstate abortions at Cook County Hospital in July. Joe calls it a frustrating two and a half hours, declaring in his recorded Action News Hotline for the day, “Give me a good old picket, rally, or rescue anytime to a day in court. Boorringg.” The court would allow Phelan’s decision to stand.

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