Judge Orders Trump Admin to Allow Illegal Immigrant Teens to Obtain Abortions

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice are considering their options after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday ordering the Trump administration to cease denying abortion access to teenagers who enter the country illegally and unaccompanied by an adult.

“The Department of Health & Human Services strongly maintains that taxpayers are not responsible for facilitating the abortion of unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally and are currently in the government’s care,” the department said in a statement. “We are working closely with the Justice Department to review the court’s order and determine next steps.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had first filed a lawsuit on behalf of one illegal immigrant teen last year, and then two more, and now has been granted a request to make the matter a class action lawsuit.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) under HHS requires undocumented immigrants to obtain an ultrasound, receive options counseling and submit a notarized declaration of consent from their parents before they are permitted to obtain an abortion. The ultimate decider of whether or not to grant the illegal immigrant teenager’s request for an abortion comes down to Director Scott Lloyd of the Administration for Children and Families.

“Refuge is the basis of our name and is at the core of what we provide, and we provide this to all the minors in our care, including their unborn children, every day. In this request, we are being asked to participate in killing a human being in our care. I cannot direct the program to proceed in this manner,” Lloyd, a Roman Catholic, wrote in a memo last year pertaining to a girl who had been raped.

“We cannot be a place of refuge while we are at the same time a place of violence. We have to choose, and we ought to choose protect life rather than to destroy it,” he said.

However, in her ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama, concluded that the government’s policies and practices are likely unconstitutional as they override a mother’s wishes to abort her child.

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“[T]he court concludes that ORR’s policies and practices infringe on [an illegal immigrant child’s] constitutional rights by effectively prohibiting them from ‘making the ultimate decision’ on whether or not to continue their pregnancy prior to viability—a quintessential undue burden,” she wrote.

“ORR’s policy vests the power to decide the future of a UC’s pregnancy in one man: Director Lloyd. The policy provides no mechanism to ensure compliance with established constitutional dictates, or to afford [an illegal immigrant child] the opportunity to bypass the director and effectuate her constitutional rights,” Chutkan said.

“Apart from his personal opinion that abortion is not in any pregnant UC’s ‘best interest,’ the ORR policy does not require Director Lloyd to provide any justification or legal authority to unilaterally deny UCs their right to make their own reproductive choices.”

She therefore granted the ACLU’s request for a class-wide preliminary injunction, stating that while HHS and ORR may hold to an interest in protecting unborn life and may urge undocumented teens not to kill their babies, they “may not create or implement any policy that strips UCs of their right to make their own reproductive choices.”

Read the ruling in full here.

As previously reported, from its early years, Christians have decried abortion in America as being the savage murder of innocent children. Even in 1872, preacher Thomas De Witt Talmage wrote in his book “The Abominations of Modern Society”:

“Herod’s massacre of the innocents was as nothing compared to that of millions and millions by what I shall call ante-natal murders. You may escape the grip of the law, because the existence of such life was not known by society, but I tell you that at last God will shove down on you the avalanche of His indignation, and though you may not have wielded knife or pistol in your deeds of darkness, yet, in the day when John Wilkes Booth and Antony Probst come to judgment, you will have on your brow the brand of murderer.”

Ecclesiastes 11:5 also reads, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child, even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.”

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  • John O

    However, in her ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama, ruled that the government’s policies and practices are likely unconstitutional as they override a mother’s desire to kill her child.
    we have gone beyond a divided nation. Jesus have mercy.

    • james blue

      Pretty sure that’s worded by the author of the article and not what the judge said

      • John O

        after reading your many comments, it is obvious u get pleasure from baiting Christians. makes me think u are a disciple of saul alinsky as was Obama and Hillary. alinsky openly stated he preferred hell to heaven and fooled many into thinking he was a organizer. only for satan. u don’t answer to anybody on this blog but like us all, u will answer to God.

        • james blue

          I don’t “bait” anyone. I challenge accusations and opinions.

          If you can find in the ruling where the judge used those words I will gladly cede, but I’m pretty sure that it isn’t there and the author of the article is putting those words into the judge’s mouth.

          Do not bear false witness.

  • Andrew Hamiliton

    The Judge has no authority to exact death penalties on innocent unborn children! That judges decision is radical and immoral and therefore by law she must be removed from office! Our elected leaders should do their constitutional responsibility and remove the burden of that judge from the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • james blue

      She ruled according to current law. To do otherwise would be a violation of her duties. We don’t remove judges because we don’t like them ruling according to current law, we get the law changed.
      Judges have to rule by current law regardless of if we like the law and regardless of if the judge likes the law.

      • ppp777

        What a legalistic excuse for murder ..

        • james blue

          That may be, but as I said judges have to rule by the current law.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            apparently they think they can order the president, the executor, around …. so it that sense they are ………………… BTW ….. from what nation did this judge derive authority to execute the death penalty on a child of another nation ……….. what evidence is there that this “clump of cells” is even a national under this judges jurisdiction ………….. a “clump of cells” belonging to a different nation ……….

          • james blue

            The law applies to all US citizens and all those living under it’s authority, no matter if they are here legitimately or not.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            AGAIN …… where is the evidence these “dreamers” are under OUR jurisdiction …… and that this judge has any AUTHORITY to EXECUTE foreign nationals in the womb ……… “no matter if they are here legitimately or not” …. tell that to their embassies ……….

          • james blue

            14th amendment section 1

            “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

            Embassies are sovereign to the nation they belong to, but we can expel diplomats and close the embassy.

          • Nidalap

            They are here in violation of the law.
            As a matter of fact, according to the law, they must be deported.
            You must, of course, agree. You’re a big fan of following the letter of the law…right? 🙂

          • james blue

            If they do not meet refugee status after going through the required process they should be deported, but we are talking about minors here, not adults. However until such time they fall under the jurisdiction of US law and are afforded the same protections under the law.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            So due process of law for the refugee mothers …… but the children can be sacrificed to the alter of Moloch ……. tent pitched towards Sodom …..

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            the CHILD in the womb is …. ACCORDING TO THAT within the jurisdiction and the judge HAS NO RIGHT to CONDEMN IT TO DEATH with out DUE PROCESS OF LAW to the CHILD ………..

          • james blue

            Abortion is legal. whether we like it or not and the judge has to rule by the law.
            I realize you are not prone to following actual points, but if you read the entire conversation my response was about removing a judge, claiming it is the “constitutional duty” of our lawmakers. Well the judged ruled by current law, so lawmakers have no constitutional authority to remove him or her for that.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            tent pitched towards Sodom …… you care about mans law and not GODS law ….. and you teach those who read your screed to violate even the least of GODS law to please man …… TYPICAL ……..

          • james blue

            Read the previous answer.

          • ppp777

            You have no answer , ” your just obeying orders ” .

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “Abortion is legal”

            what does that have to do with YOUR CHRISTIAN position on the CHILD …………..

          • james blue

            I made no comment on the child, I made a comment about removing a judge who was following the law.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            “I made no comment on the child, ”

            and made a comment that allows a child to kill their child because it is “legal” …… and ignored that childs sacrificing on an alter to man ….. and CONVENIENTLY left God and christianity of out of your response ….. AS YOU ALWAYS DO ….. and you tent is pitched towards Sodom ….. and you have no shame about that ….. but apparently you have shame about Christ, and christianity and what is RIGHT …….

          • james blue

            Congratulations, you are 5 of the most boring people on the internet.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            and am probably the most boring …. next to you ….. and no one is stalking you ….. you have made several recent comments which i have passed on commenting …….. but it is nice to know you are uncomfortable in your so-called “christianity” …….

            Comforting the afflicted, Afflicting the comfortable ……

            and the differences of what you say you are ….. and what you actually are ….. will continue to be pointed out ………

          • james blue

            Didn’t call you the stalker.
            Yawn to the rest.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
            3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
            3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
            3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
            3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
            3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

        • Chet

          And for sure, one God Almighty will never recognize…

      • Chet

        Where do you get that? The piece cites the judge as declaring “likely unconstitutional” to not permit such abortions. By the way, is it within Constitutional right(s) to force unwilling taxpayers to fund this monstrous procedure known as abortion, or killing of unwanted unborn little ones?

        • james blue

          Yes, current law is that abortion is constitutionally legal and the girls had met all the requirements set by the ORR. including attending a religious operated crisis pregnancy center payed for by the tax payers (where does the constitution force unwilling taxpayers to fund that?)

          The taxpayer isn’t funding it. The “Jane does” in the cases had access to the funds to pay for themselves, including transportation from and back to the detention facility. They were not asking for tax payer money to pay, which is not allowed under the Hyde amendment.

          • Chet

            Allowed or no, shifty slicksters find simple means to conveniently move monies around and accomplish their goals… But they’ve recently been found out and within six more months, such funds shall be no more…

          • james blue


    • Amos Moses – He>i

      it is also RACIALIST and RACIST ……….

  • Reason2012

    One piece at a time they continue to undermine America.

  • Woe unto this nation, that has murdered so very much of its unborn!

    When judgments begin to fall on this land, all of their shed blood will be required, two-fold.

    Be ready, “get right” with God, and have your spiritual houses in order!

  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, forgive this nation for making laws which go against Your laws. LORD, help us to turn back to Your ways. Give us leaders who will undue these ungodly laws and institute laws which will be according to Your Will. Lord, help these unborn children who are being sacrificed in their mothers wombs. Stop their oppressors, who take their lives for selfish reasons. Remove leaders who encourage this type of behavior and give us bold leaders who will stop this slaughter. Leaders who will do according to Your will, who will not hold their hand out to a bribe, men of integrity, who will do what is just and righteous in Your eyes. Who will set the oppressed free. Help us LORD, forgive us LORD, fight for us LORD in Jesus Name. AMEN

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      In Jesus Name Amen.

    • Chet

      1000 thumbs up!

  • Just think, had the constitutional framers (like their 17th-century Christian Colonial forbears) established government and society upon Yahweh’s immutable/unchanging moral law (including Exodus 20:13 and 21:22-23), Planned Parenthood wouldn’t exist and millions of infants slaughtered in their mothers’ wombs would have lived to see the light of day.

    This is the genesis of government-financed in utero infanticide and yet the bulk of today’s Christians and Patriot’s are the biggest proponents of the the 18th-century founding fathers and their biblically seditious Constitution, making themselves complicit in every infant murdered at the hands of Planned Parenthood:

    “…3. Every problem America faces today can be traced back to the fact that the framers failed to expressly establish a government upon Yahweh’s immutable morality as codified in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. (Would infanticide and sodomy be tolerated, let alone financed by the government, if Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments were the law of the land? Would Islam be a looming threat to our peace and security if the First Amendment had been replaced with the First Commandment? Would Americans be in nearly as
    much debt if usury had been outlawed as a form of theft? Would crime be as rampant if “cruel and unusual punishment” had not been outlawed and criminals were instead punished with Yahweh’s altogether righteous judgments? Would we be on the fiscal cliff if we were taxed with a flat increase tax rather than a graduated income tax?)….

    “On February 27, 2009, James Dobson conceded that we have lost the culture wars.This is the consequence of Christians [including Dr. Dobson] having spent the last two centuries lopping at the rotten branches of our culture’s corrupt tree while watering and fertilizing its roots.

    “We should lop away at the tree’s corrupt branches (infanticide, sodomy, the economy, etc.). However, until the root of these problems is Biblically addressed, we will never shut down the infanticide mills, we will never defeat the sodomites, and we will never fix the economy. In short, we will never win the culture wars. This issue is more than important for anyone concerned about God, our nation, and the future of our posterity, it’s the cutting- edge issue of our day….”

    For more, see our Featured Blog Article “5 Reasons the Constitution is Our Cutting-Edge Issue.” Click on my name, then our website. This article will be found near the top of our home page.

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  • Chet

    Is that federal judge going to pay the medical bills for these procedures or is he going to continue forcing unwilling American taxpayers to do so?

  • Lumen

    I just wanted to bring this to pro-Trump Christians’ attention.

    Does anyone really believe Trump’s conversion to pro-life from pro-choice is sincere/genuine? I just wonder how many Trump supporting Christians know about this recent revelation?

    WSJ: Cohen arranged hush money for ex-Playboy model
    cnn . com/videos/politics/2018/04/13/wsj-cohen-settled-sex-allegations-for-gop-fundraiser-wolf.cnn

    A report in the Wall Street Journal says President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, facilitated a payment of $1.6 million last year to a former Playboy model who claimed she had become pregnant by Elliott Broidy, a leading GOP fundraiser.

    I might add … the Playboy model terminated her pregnancy.

    It’s HIGHLY UNLIKELY that Trump didn’t know about this. I’d even assume Trump is the one who instructed Cohen to ‘fix’ Broidy’s problem.