The Justice Department sued Angel Dillard last year under a federal law aimed at protecting access to reproductive services. The government has accused her of sending a threatening letter to Dr. Mila Means, who was training to offer abortion services.
Dillard says in a filing Wednesday that she provided supplementary responses to some questions. But she argued certain questions sought confidential information covered by the clergy privilege of her jail ministry.
The government argues that the "priest-penitent privilege" does not apply in this case because there is no evidence Dillard is an ordained minister.