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RW v Spinelli 6 12

RW v Spinelli 6 12

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICT
COURT
MIDDLE
DISTRICT
OEFLORIDATAMPA
DIVISION
R.W.,Plaintiff,
v.
MICHELESPINELLI,an
individual,
and
DAVIDGEE,
Sheriff
of
Hillsborough
County,
in
his
official
capacity,
Defendants.
Case
No.8:1
l-CV-1326-EAK-AEP
ORDER
ON
DEFENDANT'S
MOTION
TO
DISMISS
ThisCause
is
beforethe
CourtonDefendant
Sherriff
David
Gee's
MotiontoDismiss
Counts
111
andIV
of
PlaintiffsThirdAmendedComplaint(Dkt.24)andPlaintiffsresponsethereto(Dkt.26).Thefollowing,gleanedfromthePlaintiffscomplaints,aretakenastrueforthepurpose
of
thismotion.
BACKGROUND
Plaintiff,R.W.(hereinafter
"Plaintiff),
wasrapedbyanunidentifiedassailantonor
aboutJanuary27,2007.(Dkt.16,at
TJ24).
AfterreportingthecrimetotheTampaPoliceDepartment(hereinafter"TPD"),PlaintiffwastakentoTampa'sRapeCrisisCenter,wherespecimenswerecollectedforevidenceanda"rapekit"procedurewasperformed.(Dkt.16.at
1)25-26).TheattendingphysicianprescribedPlaintifftwoanti-conceptionpills.(Dkt.16,at
1J27).
Atthedirection
of
theattendingphysician,Plaintifftookthefirstanti-conceptionpill
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whileatthe
Rape
CrisisCenterandretainedtheotherpillwithinstructionstoingestittwelve
(12)hourslater.(Dkt.
16.at^30).
Thereafter,aTPDofficeraccompaniedPlaintiffbacktothescene
of
thecrimeto
investigate.(Dkt.
16,
at
1[31).
Atsome
point,
however,theofficerdiscoveredthatPlaintiffwas
thesubject
of
anarrestwarrantforfailuretoappearandfailuretopayrestitution.Aftermakingthisdiscovery,theofficerarrestedPlaintiffandtookhertotheHillsboroughCountyJailon
OrientRoadinTampa,Florida(hereinafter"Jail").Theremaininganti-conceptionpillwastaken
from
PlaintiffuponherarrivalattheJail.MicheleSpinelli(hereinafter"Spinelli")workedatthejailforaprivatecontractor,and"waschargedwithdecisionsinvolvingthecare
of
thePlaintiff,
includingwhetherornottodispensethepreviouslyprescribedmedicationtothePlaintiff."(Dkt.
16,at1(36-37).Spinelli
was
allowedtoholdherpositionby
Sherriff
DavidGee.(Dkt.23,at
1J68).
Shereceivedno"guidance,supervision,ordirection"from
Gee
onwhether,given
her
religiousbeliefs,shecouldwithholdanti-conceptionmedication,andGeehadnoofficialpolicyonthematter.(Dkt.23,at^68).
Plaintiffremainedinjailovernight,andthenextmorningrequestedtheanti-conception
pillfromSpinelli.PlaintiffexplainedthatthedoctorattheRapeCrisisCenterhadprescribedittoensurethatPlaintiffdidnotbecomepregnantastheresult
of
therape.(Dkt.16,at
1J38).
Inresponse,"SpinellitoldthePlaintiffthatSpinelliwouldnotgiveherthepillbecauseitwas
againsther(Spinelli's)religiousbeliefs."
(Dkt.
16,
at
1J39).
Thus.Plaintiffwasallegedlydenied
thesecondanti-conceptionpillonJanuary28,2007.Plaintiffwas,however,permittedtotake
thepillthedayafter,"justpriortoherrelease"onJanuary29,2007,thoughwhoexactlyallowed
hertotakethepillisnotstatedinthecomplaint.(Dkt.23,at1)42).
Plaintiff
didnotbecomepregnantasaresult
of
therape.
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InCountI
of
theThirdAmendedComplaint.PlaintiffsetsforthaclaimagainstSpinelliunder42U.S.C.§1983forviolation
of
herrighttoprivacy.Plaintiffallegesthat,by
"wrongfullyrefusingtoletthePlaintifftakethepreviouslyprescribedpill.Spinelli[]committedan'unwarrantedgovernmentalintrusionintomatterssofundamentallyaffectingapersonasthedecisionwhethertobearorbegetachild.'"(Dkt.23.at
1|46)
(quoting
Eisenstadt
v.
Baird,
405U.S.438,453(1972)).CountIIsetsforthaclaimagainstSpinelliunder§1983forviolation
of
theEqualProtectionClause
of
theFourteenthAmendment,arguingthat"Spinelli'sreasonforrefusingtoletthePlaintifftakethepreviouslyprescribedpillconstitutedintentionalgenderbaseddiscrimination."(Dkt.23at^56),because"Spinelliwouldhave,asshehadinthepast,
allowedamaleseekingagenderchangetotakethesamemedication."(Dkt.23,at
1J58).
Count
IIIsetsfortharighttoprivacyclaimagainstDavidGee(hereinafter"Gee")under§1983.claimingthatSpinellimadetheunconstitutionaldecisiontorefusePlaintiffthesecondanti-conceptionpill"asthepersondesignatedbyGee,inhisofficialcapacityasSheriff
of
HillsboroughCounty,with'finalpolicymakingauthority'overwhethertoprovidepreviously
prescribedcontraceptivemedicinetoinmatesattheOrientRoad
jail
whensuchaction
was
contrarytoSpinelli'sownreligiousbeliefs."(Dkt.23,at
^[67).
Finally,CountIVsetsforthanearlyidenticalclaimagainstGeeundertheEqualProtectionClauseforviolation
of
"Plaintiffsfederallyprotectedrightsprohibitinggender[-]baseddiscrimination."(Dkt.23,at
\?6).
Asfordamages,Plaintiffcuriouslystatesthesameboilerplate(andquiteextensive)damagesforeach
of
herclaims,arguingthatastheresult
of
herordeal,she"sufferedbodilyinjuryandresultingpain
andsuffering,disability,disfigurement,mentalanguish,loss
of
capacityforthe
enjoyment
of
life,expense
of
hospitalization,medicalandnursingcareandtreatment,loss
of
earnings,loss
of
abilitytoearnmoney,andaggravation
of
apreviouslyexistingcondition.Furthermore,
Gee's
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