Judge Orders Government to Allow Abortion for Immigrant Teen

Judge Orders Government to Allow Abortion for Immigrant Teen

Judge Orders Government to Allow Abortion for Immigrant Teen

The move comes after a federal appeals court ruled late Friday that the Trump administration can block the undocumented teen in federal custody from having an abortion. Weeks ago she chose to end her pregnancy, and obtained permission from a state court judge to do so, but federal officials have refused to allow her to leave the clinic to obtain the abortion.

But the federal Department of Health and Human Services has not allowed Jane Doe to leave the shelter where she is living under federal custody in order to get an abortion.

"There are no winners in cases like these". On Wednesday, federal judge Tanya Chutkan granted the ACLU's request for a temporary injuction against the federal government, requiring that Doe be allowed to obtain an abortion. And although she has relatives in the United States, she may not find a sponsor in time to terminate her pregnancy.

"If a sponsor is secured and J.D.is released from HHS custody to the sponsor, HHS agrees that J.D. then will be lawfully able, if she chooses, to obtain an abortion on her own pursuant to the relevant state law", the judges wrote.

"Federal and Texas state officials are to be commended for defending the life of an innocent unborn child in a recent case involving an unaccompanied pregnant minor in federal immigration custody", the state's bishops said.

"The ORR policies outlined herein are in place for good reason - they are vitally important to ensuring the safety of all unaccompanied minors and preventing exploitation and human trafficking", Carey wrote. "As of today, J.D. has already been forced by the government to continue an unwanted pregnancy for nearly four weeks, and now, as a result of this order, must continue to carry that pregnancy for multiple more weeks", she added.

The teen, whose name and country of origin have been withheld because she's a minor, is 15 weeks pregnant.

In one email obtained by the ACLU, Scott Lloyd, director of the HHS office that oversees facilities for unaccompanied children, directs a subordinate that facilities that get agency funding "should not be supporting abortion services", but instead providing "only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling".

"The Supreme Court has never countenanced government action that forces a woman to delay her abortion for anywhere approaching this length of time", the petition states. She has reportedly been seeking an abortion ever since she was apprehended by authorities and learned she was pregnant.

"They are supplanting their decision about what JD should do with her pregnancy, and that is not acting in her best interest", Brigitte Amiri, an ACLU lawyer, said. "We're not putting an obstacle in her path", the Washington Post reported HHS attorney Catherine H. Dorsey told the court panel Friday.

The Texas bishops said the ACLU's case - "compelling others to perform, facilitate or pay for abortion who do not wish to do so" - is unconscionable. In a statement issued Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was "disappointed" with the panel's order.

"Americans United for Life is deeply disappointed that once again, an activist judge has declared abortion "access" more important than USA law and policy that prohibits federal funding and support of elective abortion", said Foster in a statement.

If a government-approved sponsor can not be found for the girl by the court's October 31 deadline, the court noted the teenager would be allowed to return to a lower court which, earlier in the week, ordered the government to allow her access to an abortion "without delay".

The lower court ruling basically endorsed a Texas state judge's decision to allow the minor to seek an abortion.

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