After court battle, undocumented teen in Texas gets abortion requested weeks ago

Lester Mason
October 26, 2017

As Doe's case wound its way through the courts, the Trump administration argued that it had a legitimate interest in promoting childbirth over abortion, while Doe's lawyers said the government's actions placed an improper obstacle to a constitutionally protected procedure. Paxton noted in his statement that the U.S. Department of Justice did not appeal the circuit court's ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly.

Lawyers for the teen said government officials were illegally denying medical care to which the teen was entitled, and that the shelter had instead taken her to a crisis pregnancy center. She came to the United States from an unspecified country and learned she was pregnant while she was in an HHS shelter, according to a lawsuit filed on her behalf by the ACLU.

In a statement provided Wednesday by the ACLU, the teenager said she knew immediately after learning of her pregnancy after her border crossing that she was "not ready to be a parent".

The U.S. appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday that administration officials could not prevent her from obtaining the abortion with the help of a legal guardian. She was kept in the shelter for a month while she waited for her case to proceed. Despite the certainty in the decision to seek out an abortion, Doe wrote that she was forced to "see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort" and made her "look at sonograms".

The announcement from the teenager's attorneys put an end to a case that raised hard political questions and highlighted the Trump administration's new policy of refusing to "facilitate" abortions for unaccompanied minors.

A federal judge sided with the teen and set dates for the procedure last week, but the government appealed. "With this case we have seen the astounding lengths this administration will go to block women from abortion care".

Attorneys for the undocumented teenager had asked the full appeals court to rehear her case after the three-judge panel ruled 2 to 1 to give HHS until October 31 to find a sponsor to take custody of the girl.


"Her case, specifically. has been resolved".

"Even the Obama Administration's Department of Justice acknowledged that unlawfully present aliens without substantial connections to the country lack the same constitutional rights as citizens". She added that she "would not tell any other girl in my situation what they should do" either.

This occurred because the Trump administration overturned access for refugee to be given access to abortion.

In a news release, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his "profound disappointment" with Jane Doe's abortion.

"Today's loss of innocent human life is tragic, and it may have been avoidable".

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.

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