Undocumented Teen in Custody After Crossing Border Takes Feds to Court in Effort to Obtain Abortion

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AUSTIN, Texas — An undocumented teenage girl who is in the United States unaccompanied by her parents is asking a court to grant her permission to obtain an abortion as officials at the immigration facility where she is being held have allegedly denied her request.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the 17-year-old, who is only being referred to as “Jane Doe” in legal documents.

It is challenging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) over policies that the organization says keep illegal immigrant youth from obtaining abortions.

According to the Associated Press, the teenager is from Central America and may be up to 14 weeks pregnant. She says she wants to abort her child, in part, because her parents had allegedly mistreated one of her siblings for becoming pregnant. She is currently in federal custody at an immigrant shelter in Texas.

“Instead of arranging for Ms. Doe’s requested medical care, Defendants forced Ms. Doe to visit an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center where she was forced to undergo an ultrasound for no medical purpose, made to reveal intimate details about herself, and was subjected to the center’s attempts to dissuade her from having an abortion,” the lawsuit reads.

“With the assistance of court-appointed guardian and attorney ad litems, Ms. Doe sought to obtain a judicial bypass of the state’s parental consent requirement. Ms. Doe had an appointment scheduled with a health center for counseling, but ORR refused to transport, or allow Ms. Doe to be transported by anyone, to the health center,” the complaint continues. “Defendants also made clear that Ms. Doe would be prohibited from obtaining the abortion itself.”

The ACLU contends that the federal government was additionally wrong to notify the teen’s mother that she was pregnant when she didn’t want her family to know, nor that she was seeking to obtain an abortion.

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“As a matter of practice, ORR is also unconstitutionally forcing unaccompanied immigrant minors to tell parents and/or immigration sponsors of their abortion decision, or ORR is telling minors’ parents and/or sponsors about the minors’ abortion decision, against the express wishes of the minor,” it argues in the suit. “Ms. Doe is concerned about her privacy, and does not want any other family members to know of her abortion decision.”

A hearing is scheduled regarding the matter on Wednesday. The ACLU not only desires for the teen to be granted the abortion, but it also wants the courts to stop the Trump administration from blocking any illegal immigrant youth who enter the U.S. without their parents from obtaining abortions.

“The Trump administration’s action is shocking—a young woman is essentially being held hostage and forced by federal officials to continue a pregnancy against her will,” Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, said in a statement. “And this case isn’t the only one—nationally, the federal government is obstructing young immigrant women’s access to abortion.”

However, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an amicus brief in the case, urging the court not to grant the organization’s requested injunction.

“If ‘Doe’ prevails in this case, the ruling will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally. And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow,” he said in a press release. “Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”


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  • Robin Egg

    2Thes 2

    …10and with every wicked deception directed
    against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the
    truth that would have saved them. 11For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, 12in order that judgment will come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.…

    • Evermyrtle

      THOU SHALL NOT MURDER! To take the life of a living person is murder, therefore 99.99 % of abortions is murder! Seldom are doctors called upon to remove a dead baby, from it’s mother’s body but millions of living babiest are dissected or fed some type of poison, while living within the bodies of their mothers, such hatred is a horrible shame!!

      Thank you Mom and Dad, you allowed me to live and I have had a wonderful life!!!

  • InTheChurch

    We will be paying for all these services.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    again … the body inside the mothers body …. is NOT the mothers body …………….

    • BuckeyePhysicist

      Different DNA and usually a different blood type!

  • meamsane

    “With the assistance of court-appointed guardian and attorney ad litems,
    Ms. Doe sought to obtain a judicial bypass of the state’s parental
    consent requirement.

    Judicial Bypass? I.E. an activist judge willing and determined to ignore the law!

    “The Trump administration’s action is shocking—a young woman is
    essentially being held hostage and forced by federal officials to
    continue a pregnancy against her will,”

    Yeah, how dare the executive branch uphold the law and not carry out the demands of this teenager to kill her unborn child! That’s just wrong!

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: ‘LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION’
      Bold new strategic plan declares personhood of unborn

      WND

      • meamsane

        Excellent moral stance for the unborn! A long time in coming, but a beginning! Now if Congress would take a similar stance.

    • Myoldglory

      She a idiot and should be put of the first plane and send this POS home

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: ‘LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION’
    Bold new strategic plan declares personhood of unborn

    • Evermyrtle

      I’m sorry to inform you, but that news has been around since the beginning of time!!! Thanks Trump for reminding us of something, that I thought everybody, already knew!!

  • Myoldglory

    The ACLU has their head up their ass and always have. Their a bunch of Liberals morons who should not be allowed to operate as they cause more F ing trouble than their worth.

    • Evermyrtle

      ACLU is a sect of Satan, it promotes so much of what Satan promotes!!

  • Myoldglory

    Send this skank home where she belongs. We are not baby sitters and most Americans are tired of taking care of these morons problems. What the hell did she come here to begging with for.

  • Carolann Enkhaus

    So we have pregnant illegals coming here to give birth which we the taxpayers pay for so they can have their anchor babies and now we have pregnant females coming in illegally so we can pay for their abortions…how about just deporting them!

  • Rodney Aho

    If she was well enough to get here she should be well enough to go back !! We are again abortion !! go back home we don’t want our tax dollars spent on you Ms.Doe

  • Marilynn Reeves

    Her bad choice is not a US problem. Send her home and let her and family decide what to do. After all she is NOT supposed to be here.

  • Robert Mccallum

    This is not emergency medical care. Why should American tax payers have the financial burden for an elective surgery? This will invite countless pregnant women to cross the boarder illegally to get free abortions . If allowed, this country will be further in debt. Nothing good comes from allowing this. Send her back!!