Illegal Immigrant Teen Obtains Abortion After Full DC Court of Appeals Allows Killing to Proceed

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WASHINGTON — A teenager who is in the country illegally has obtained an abortion after the full, or en banc, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration must allow the girl to go through with the procedure, reviving a lower court order that the girl have the abortion “promptly and without delay.”

“More than a month after she made her decision, Jane Doe was able to obtain an abortion this morning,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote on Wednesday.

She was nearly 16 weeks (four months) pregnant.

The 17-year-old girl herself released a statement, remarking that she was thankful to obtain the abortion without her parents’ permission.

“When I was detained, I was placed in a shelter for children. It was there that I was told I was pregnant,” she explained. “I knew immediately what was best for me then, as I do now—that I’m not ready to be a parent. Thanks to my lawyers, Rochelle Garza and Christine Cortez, and with the help of Jane’s Due Process, I went before a judge and was given permission to end my pregnancy without my parents’ consent.”

“While the government provides for most of my needs at the shelter, they have not allowed me to leave to get an abortion,” the teen continued. “Instead, they made me see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort and to look at sonograms. People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God. Through all of this, I have never changed my mind.”

As previously reported, the ACLU filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) on behalf of the girl, who has only been referred to as “Jane Doe” in legal documents.

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She was taken into custody shortly after crossing the border and has been held 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 read.

“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 continued. “Defendants also made clear that Ms. Doe would be prohibited from obtaining the abortion itself.”

The ACLU also contended that the federal government was wrong to notify the teen’s mother that she was pregnant and seeking an abortion, when she wanted to keep the information hidden from her family.

“Defendants told my mother about my pregnancy and are trying to force me to tell her as well,” an affidavit filed with the lawsuit stated. “I do not want my family to know that I am seeking an abortion.”

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama, had ruled last week that the girl is “legally entitled” to an abortion, and that if the teen is not permitted to obtain the abortion she might suffer “irreparable injury” because she will have to give birth.

She ordered that the teen be allowed to obtain an abortion either on Friday or Saturday, and she also blocked the Trump administration from “forcing [Doe] to reveal her abortion decision to anyone.”

However, HHS immediately appealed and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, requesting that it be allowed to find a non-government “sponsor” for the girl, so that she would no longer be in federal custody.

The court agreed 2-1, opining that if the teen was no longer in government custody, it would not have to rule on whether or not illegal immigrants have a right to an abortion when in federal detention—and the government would feel as if it washed its hands of the matter.

The ACLU then appealed to the full D.C. Court of Appeals, which overturned the ruling on Tuesday and sent the matter back to Chutkan with instructions to allow the abortion to proceed as previously ordered.

“The clerk of the district court is directed to return forthwith the mandate issued October 20, 2017,” the 6-3 decision read. “The case is hereby remanded to the district court for further proceedings to amend the effective dates in paragraph 1 of its injunction.”

Among the three judges who dissented in the ruling was Karen LaCraft Henderson, who contended that the teenager has no right to an abortion being in the country illegally.

“Despite her physical presence in the United States, J.D. has never entered the United States as a matter of law and cannot avail herself of the constitutional rights afforded those legally within our borders,” she wrote. “Because she has never entered the United States, J.D. is not entitled to the due process protections of the Fifth Amendment.”

Henderson also noted that even the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that “the government has a legitimate and substantial interest in preserving and promoting fetal life.”

However, the girl asserted in a statement on Wednesday that “this is my life, my decision,” and that she “want[ed] a better future.”

“I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly,” she said.

As previously reported, in an introductory lecture to his course on obstetrics in 1854, Philadelphia Dr. Hugh Lennox Hodge explained that if a woman were to come to a medical doctor in pursuit of an abortion, “he must, as it were, grasp the conscience of his weak and erring patient and let her know in language not to be misunderstood that she is responsible to her Creator for the life of the being within her.”

Abortion is Murder from I’ll Be Honest on Vimeo.


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  • This style 10/6

    What a performance over a relatively simple medical procedure.

    • Tangent002

      It was a perfect storm of every alt-right talking point. If only the gal was homosexual…

  • Scott Davenport

    You know this society is pretty much dead when people can be so flippant about murdering a 4 month old child….I see they did sonograms but made sure not to mention that little child’s sex.

    Who paid for this??? My tax dollars??? So they could make sure I’m complicit in this murder???

    I think it’s time for us Christians to STOP paying any federal taxes if they are just going to use it to commit untold Sins in our name…that makes us a party to all these murders and I don’t know what God thinks of me for allowing this……

    Each day anymore is always sadder than the day before, and this just isn’t right. Why did we let Evil take over????

    • Lexical Cannibal

      If I could stop paying my taxes, every time the government did something I found morally unsupportable, I’d have been tax free since at least January 2017.

      • Bob Johnson

        January 2017 ? I would have stopped in March 1968 (My Lai).

    • Lark.62

      The government did not pay for this abortion. The government does not pay for any abortions. Stop listening to people who tell you lies.

      A four month old child weighs about 15 pounds and can:
      – smile in response to another person’s smile, interact with people
      – sit up with support
      – intentionally grab objects
      – lift head and begin skills for rolling over
      – digest breast milk and formula
      – babble
      – recognize her name

      A 16 week fetus weighs less than 5 oz, it cannot hear, see, breath, have a bowel movement, or interact with its environment.

      The existence of a soul, and when an embryo or fetus gains a soul is a religious question. Not all people reach the same religious conclusion. Even christians of earlier decades, centuries and millenia had different opinions, with quickening (18 to 20 weeks) being common.

      You have a right to your religious belief. You do not have the right to dictate the religious beliefs of others or force them to comply with your religious restrictions. Abortion is legal.

      • Bill

        Very likely this ‘illegal’ alien or immigrant, whatever, was on ‘public assistance’ and thus medicaid paid for this. Don’t believe me, come to ‘sanctuary city’ San Francisco, you won’t believe the chaos happening at our general hospital. The bums, freeloaders, ‘boat people’, leeches and all around parasites have overwhelmed the facilities. Their care paid by all the taxpayers AKA ‘suckers’, who keep electing the liberals AKA ‘socialist’ idiots, ed lee and his board of ‘stupidvisors’ who’ve basically sent this once great city into a dirty, disgusting, overpriced ‘craphole’, and in many ways, they’ve succeeded!

    • chronicintel

      “You know this society is pretty much dead when people can be so flippant about murdering a 4 month old child”

      A 4 month old child would be on formula or suckling from its mother. A 4 month old fetus isn’t even viable yet.

      “Who paid for this??? My tax dollars??? So they could make sure I’m complicit in this murder???”

      Nowhere does it say this was publicly funded. Most abortions are privately funded.
      Even if it WAS publicly funded,
      1) It doesn’t necessarily mean YOUR money went towards funding it
      2) Even if it did, you weren’t complicit in it. That’s fear driven propaganda by so-called moralists that love to place blame on everyone, especially members of their own flock. So you can relax. I’m pretty sure Jesus would understand that you weren’t complicit, if that’s what you’re worried about.

      “I think it’s time for us Christians to STOP paying any federal taxes if they are just going to use it to commit untold Sins in our name…that makes us a party to all these murders and I don’t know what God thinks of me for allowing this……”
      I hate to break it to you, but the feds have sanctioned all sorts of things that would be considered sinful.
      For one, they allow people who worship other gods (or no gods) to be citizens. Your tax dollars go towards protecting their rights and sovereignty.

      Two, they perform military actions with sometimes dubious justifications, so that whole thing about “thou shalt not kill” goes out the window when we police other nations by dropping bombs on them.

      Three, there’s a likely possibility that they sanctioned the killing of people who were innocent of the crimes they are being punished for.

      Four, your taxes pay the salaries of many officials who would have no problems lying to your face in order to get your vote and support.

      Unfortunately, we as citizens who reside in this country and enjoy rights outlined in our constitution, are obligated to give our income to maintaining this sort of government, and we don’t get to pick and choose what our money goes to.

      If you disagree with this, you have several options, from most effective to least
      1) Leave the country
      2) Run for office and change the laws yourself
      3) Vote for someone who will
      4) Ask God for forgiveness. If He’s understanding, He should already know that you may not have the resources for options 1 and 2, and that 3 may not always be available.

      “Each day anymore is always sadder than the day before, and this just isn’t right. Why did we let Evil take over????”

      There are many answers to this. I don’t know how far you want to go into it.

  • shaesdad56

    If a boy and girl are old enough to conceive a baby, they are also old enough to know how to keep from having a baby. NO ONE can deny this. If they do, they’re lying. The undeniable fact of the matter is, abortion IS MURDER….Plain AND Simple!

  • QUESTION: Could this case (or any other, including Roe v. Wade) that promotes in utero infanticide ever reached any court of law in 17th-century Colonial America whose governments of, by, and for God were established upon Yahweh’s unchanging moral law,including Exodus 21:22-23?

    ANSWER: Of course not!

    Consequently there must be a definitive moment in America’s history when her Christian character and biblical course were formally altered. That point was in 1787 when a cadre of Enlightenment and Masonic thinkers (known as the constitutional framers) replaced the 17th-century governments with their own humanistic government of, by, and for the people based upon capricious man-made traditions:

    “[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….” (Hosea 8:1,7)

    Today’s America is reaping the inevitable ever-intensifying whirlwind resulting from the wind sown by the constitutional framers.

    For more regarding these two polar opposite forms of government, see Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 3.

    Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by the Bible.

  • Bill

    Hopefully this wasn’t paid for by medicaid, AKA the taxpayers. So sick and tired of people like this getting all kinds of free medical care on the taxpayers dime while taxpayers and those who work and are here ‘legally’ struggle to find decent affordable healthcare. This has been happening in California for years and it’s got to stop. These ‘frreebies’ AKA ‘give aways: SNAP, food stamps, housing assistence and the most outrageous, free medical care all paid for by rhe taxpayers, or more succinctly’ suckers’ who keep electing these liberals and ‘socialists’: jerry ‘the clown’ brown, dianne feinstein and nancy pelosi, who practice ‘wealth redistribution’. Bet these thieves in charge haven’t given a dime of their obscene wealth to help the fire victims in the wine country, such hypocrites all of ’em. In ‘sanctuary city’ San Francisco,’ recent arrivals from china are first in line for all the ‘giveaways”. These disgusting ill mannered cockroaches are some of the rudest ill mannered cretins you could ever encounter. Recently jerry ‘clown’ brown made the entire state of Callifornia a ‘sanctuary state’. Where are the thinking people who are allowing this treasonous act to go ahead? Hopefully with the upcoming gubernatorial election, the people of California get smart, dp their due diligence and get rid of these iesffective ‘public servants’ who’ve done nothing but bankrupt this once great state and send it into the toilet, and in many cases in many places, they’ve succeeded!